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Hiromitsu Yamanaka debuts with this deft, witty comedy about an old man and his unprofitable passion for the racetrack that recalls the comic elegance of a Charlie Chaplin movie. Opening with a shot of crumpled betting cards, the film focuses on 66-year old Kikujiro (Ken Ogata) and fellow loser and amateur criminal Kawasaki (Yosuke Eguchi). After another day of losing at the track, Kikujiro rashly hurls all of his belongings out of his apartment window. Later, when he happens upon an advertisement for...more