Once the Summer (Kikujiro) 1:6 Scale Figure (VTS Toys, VM-025)
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Kikujiro (Kikujirō no Natsu (菊次郎の夏, literally “Kikujirō’s Summer”)) is a 1999 Japanese filmstarring, written, and directed by Takeshi Kitano. Its score was composed by Joe Hisaishi. The film was entered into the 1999 Cannes Film Festival. This movie was remade in Tamil as Nandalala.
Kikujiro tells the story of a young boy searching for his mother during his summer vacation. The film is mostly divided into smaller chapters, listed as entries in the boy’s summer vacation diary. Kitano’s inspiration for the character (not the film) was his own father, Kikujiro Kitano, a gambler who struggled to feed his family and pay the rent.
Similar to his earlier works Getting Any?, and A Scene at the Sea, Kitano references the yakuzaonly tangentially in Kikujiro, a departure from his work in famous crime dramas such as Sonatineand Hana-bi. Aimed at the whole family, the film was allegedly inspired by The Wizard of Oz with the basic premise being a road trip. Kitano’s familiar elements and locales are present: drawings, vignettes, the seaside, and angels. Although the plot is composed largely of sad events, the film often has a light-hearted atmosphere, achieved mostly through Kitano’s character and his somewhat bizarre encounters.
- 1 x highly detailed 1:6 scale head sculpt in the likeness of Kukujiro Kitano
- 1 x 1:6 scale figure body type; fully articulated
- 3 x pairs of hands
- 1 x pair of feet with slippers
- 1 x white shorts
- 1 x beach shorts
- 1 x suit pants
- 1 x belt
- 1 x coif
- 1 x bell of the angle
- 3 x husks of corn
- onigiri x 3
- 1 x paper bag
- 1 x pair of sunglasses
- 1 x banana leaf
- 1 x wooden bench for a seated pose
- 1 x platform backboard for diorama display
- 1 x cigarette