Achilles and the Tortoise
(Akiresu to Kami)
Production company: Bandai Visual Company, Office Kitano, TV Asahi, Tokyo FM Broadcasting, Shochiku (2008)
Director: Kitano Takeshi
Producer: Mori Masayuki
Script: Kitano Takeshi
Editor: Kitano Takeshi
Actors: Kitano Takeshi, Kanako Higuchi, Omori Nao, Aso Kumino, Ren Osugi
Premiere: 2008-09-20
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In a race, the quickest runner can never overtake the slowest, since the pursuer must first reach the point whence the pursued started, so that the slower must always hold a lead.


The title Akiresu to Kami, is named after the perhaps the most famous paradox by Greek philosopher Zeno of Elea, Achilles and the Tortoise, which suggests that motion, time and changes are illusions.

Kitano plays Machisu, who born into a wealthy family, but having lost both his parents as a child, decides to follow his dream of becoming a painter throughout his life, despite ever having any success.

According to Kitano, the story is depicting the "cruelty" of being an artist, under the idea that someone without talent should face reality and still try their best. He commented that he feels the same way with his own films, continuing to make movies without regard to whether the movie is successful. As such, some view Akiresu to Kami as the third part of Kitano?s self-reflective "trilogy", that began with Takeshis? and continued with Kantoku Banzai!