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Director:  Takeshi Kitano
Cinematography:  Katsumi Yanagijima
Screenplay:  Takeshi Kitano
Producer:  Masayuki Mori , Takio Yoshida
Music:  Yuki Kajiura
Editor(s):  Takeshi Kitano , Yoshinori Ota
Cast:  Beat Takeshi , Kanako Higuchi , Yurei Yanagi
Production:  Bandai Visual/TV Asahi/Tokyo Theatres/WoWow/Office Kitano Inc.
International distribution:  Celluloid Dreams
Achilles and the Tortoise
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Achilles and the Tortoise
Achilles to kame
Achilles and the Tortoise
Japan , 2008, 119 min, color
Awards:  Venice 2008 - "Competition"

Achilles and the Tortoise takes its title from a famous paradox by the
pre-Socratic philosopher Zeno, which claimed that motion, time and change are nothing but illusions. The film tackles the idea that art is a chimera, and follows the absurd, star-crossed life of a man with no talent. Young Machisu has the creative spirit of the sprinter, but circumstances conspire to keep him crawling at the pace of the tortoise. Theres too much bad in his life a bankrupt father, a harsh foster-uncle, hostile schoolteachers and then, when he grows older, the endless struggle to find and develop a personal style while earning a crust. Kitano himself takes over the role of Makisu in the closing scenes and uses his own paintings throughout to illustrate the characters travail and, of course, to parody movements in modern art. Sophisticated and original, Achilles and the Tortoise features a rich procession of paintings by Kitano. Though designed to represent the failure of an amateur artist, these works are actually quite fascinating. Furnishing an elegant subtext to the film's smooth narrative texture, the pictures write Machisu's emotional history, filling in his many silences. Tinted with unusual chromatic choices sepia fading around the coloured paintings of his childhood, psychedelic acrylic shades portraying his youth the film skillfully embeds high-art meditations in a relatively simple storyline. It offers a perfect theorem, destined to outpace Zeno's paradox and restore reality to art.

Giovanna Fulvi

Takeshi Kitano
Japanese director, born in Tokyo in 1947. He made his debut as director with Violent Cop. In 1997, Fireworks won the Golden Lion at the Venice IFF and consolidated his position as director. This was followed by Kikujiro, the Japan-US co-production Brother, Dolls and Zatoichi.
1989  Sono otoko, kyobo ni tsuki
1990  3-4x jugatsu
1992  Ano natsu, ichiban shizukana umi
1993  Sonatine
1994  Minna yateruka
1996  Kidzu ritan
1997  Hana-bi
1999  Kikujiro
2000  Brother
2002  Dolls
2003  Zatoichi
2005  Takeshis'
2007  Kantoku. Banzai!
2008  Achilles to kame
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