Achilles and the Tortoise
Machisu, the only son of a rich collector, has a child's love for painting. Praise from a famous artist friend of his father, inspires the young boy to dream of becoming a painter himself. Precocious Machisu begins to paint everyday and everywhere, even during class, to the dismay of his teacher. When tragedy strikes, little Machisu's privileged life comes to an end, leaving him orphaned, but with an incomparable passion for art...
Takeshi Kitano was born in Tokyo in 1947. He began his distinctive career in film and entertainment in 1972, working under the name of "Beat" Takeshi. He has enjoyed enormous success in Japan as both a stand-up comedian and weekly television personality; he is also an accomplished actor and painter. Filmography: SONATINE (1993), KIDS RETURN (1996), HANA-BI (1997), which won the Golden Lion prize at the Venice film festival in 1997, KIKIJURO (1999), BROTHER (2200), DOLLS (2002) and ZATOICHI (2003).