Best known for his stylish crime dramas, actor and director Takeshi Kitano takes a more heartwarming approach with the sentimental drama Kikujiro. Masao is a nine-year-old boy who lives with his grandmother. His father is dead and he's been told his mother is forced to live far away due to her job. One day, armed with a photograph and an address, he sets out in search of her. Before long, he encounters Kikujiro (Takeshi), who, on his wife's insistence, aids Masao on his search. Together they share adventures on the road, leading up to a troubling revelation about Masao's mother and Kikujiro's efforts to bring the child back to happiness. Nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.