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Yaji and Kita: The Midnight Pilgrims (2005)

Mayonaka no Yaji-san Kita-san (original title)
Yaji and Kita are two men who live in Edo. They are deeply in love. Yaji is married to a woman, while Kita is an actor addicted to various drugs.

Director:

Kankurô Kudô

Writers:

Kotobuki Shiriagari (comic), Kankurô Kudô (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Tomoya Nagase ... Yajirobei
Shichinosuke Nakamura ... Kitahachi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sadao Abe Sadao Abe ... Kin-kin
Aja Aja
Yoshiyoshi Arakawa Yoshiyoshi Arakawa ... Spirit of the Dead
Kumiko Asô ... The Wife of the Bartender
Tasuku Emoto ... Non-non
Arata Furuta ... Shimizu no Jirocho
Itsuji Itao ... Naniwa Hotto
Arata Iura Arata Iura ... The Bartender (as Arata)
Ryô Iwamatsu Ryô Iwamatsu ... The Foreman
Naoko Ken Naoko Ken ... Datsueba
Jun'ichirô Kishi Jun'ichirô Kishi
Eiko Koike Eiko Koike ... O-Hatsu
Kazuma Kuwabata Kazuma Kuwabata ... Naniwa Sando
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Yaji and Kita are two men who live in Edo. They are deeply in love. Yaji is married to a woman, while Kita is an actor addicted to various drugs.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

2 April 2005 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Yaji and Kita: The Midnight Pilgrims See more »

Filming Locations:

Japan

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,225,727
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1.85 : 1
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Bizarre but tons of fun
8 October 2005 | by indexFingerSee all my reviews

Be sure not to miss this most irreverent "jidai-geki" (period piece) from first-time director Kudo Kankuro. Loosely based on an earlier movie about two men escaping their wives, the postmodern treatment of the subject is indeed a treat. As one critic in Japan commented, the director must have been drunk while filming -- offbeat isn't quite the word, and off-the-wall goes only so far. But if you've ever wanted to see Tetris with dead people floating down the river on rafts, anachronism at the most unexpected times, or just shut off your brain and enjoy a movie which is really impossible to follow, Yaji and Kita's Midnight Pilgrimage will not disappoint. It's half-serious way of dealing with, in the best road movie traditions, two gay lovers, one a drug addict popping blue pills, make their way from medieval Edo to Ise and then when you least expect, burst out the absurd (motorcylces, TV shows, modern-day Tokyo). The translations occasionally fell flat (since the movie includes a lot of verbal jokes in Japanese) or were just plain unintelligible, but watching the miniature Tamiya tankers roll by needs no translations. So, sit back and enjoy the ride.


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