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Takeshi Kitano

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Takeshi Kitano (born January 18, 1947) is a Japanese filmmaker, comedian, singer, actor, tap dancer, film editor, presenter, screenwriter, author, poet, painter, and one-time video game designer who has received critical acclaim, both in his native Japan and abroad, for his highly idiosyncratic cinematic work. The famed Japanese film critic Nagaharu Yodogawa once dubbed him "the true successor" to influential filmmaker Akira Kurosawa. With the exception of his works as a film director, he is known almost exclusively by the name Beat Takeshi. Since April 2005, he has been a professor at the Graduate School of Visual Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts. Kitano owns his own talent agency and production company, Office Kitano, which launched Tokyo Filmex in 2000. Some of Kitano's earlier films are dramas about Yakuza gangsters or the police. Described by critics as using an acting style that is highly deadpan or a camera style that approaches near-stasis, Kitano often uses long takes where nothing appears to be happening, or editing that cuts immediately to the aftermath of an event. Many of his films express a bleak or nihilistic philosophy, but they are also filled with a great deal of humor and affection for their characters. Kitano's films leave paradoxical impressions and can seem controversial. While formally disguised as dark comedies or gangster movies, his films raise moral questions and provide food for thought. The Japanese public knows him primarily as a TV host and comedian, and he is well remembered for the leading role of the comedy show Oretachi Hyōkin-zoku (1981–1989) and for the game show Takeshi's Castle (1986–1989). His portrayal of Zatōichi in the 2003 movie is his biggest domestic commercial success. He hosts a weekly television program called Beat Takeshi's TV Tackle, a kind of panel discussion among entertainers and politicians regarding controversial current events. In 2010 the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain in Paris held a one-man show displaying his paintings and installations. A room in the basement played a 12-hour loop of his work as a TV host. Description above from the Wikipedia article Takeshi Kitano, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


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Born:
Jan 18, 1947 In Tokyo, Japan
Movie/TV Credits:
47
First Appeared:
In the movie Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence 1983-05-23
Latest Project:
Movie Ghost in the Shell 2017-03-29
Known For
Poster of A Living Promise
Poster of Takeshi Kitano, l'imprévisible
Poster of Jam Session (The Official Bootleg of Kikujiro)
Poster of The Boss’ Wife
Filmography

Ghost in the Shell (2017)

Action Drama Science Fiction
Movie
as Daisuke Aramaki
6 772 votes

A Living Promise (2016)

Drama
Movie

While the Women Are Sleeping (2016)

Drama
Movie
5 1 votes

Mozu The Movie (2015)

Thriller
Movie
as Daruma

Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen (2015)

Comedy Action
Movie
6.7 9 votes

赤めだか (2015)

Movie
as 立川談志

Kuroi Fukuin (2014)

Drama Mystery Crime
Movie

黒い福音 (2014)

Movie
as 藤沢六郎

Dearest (2012)

Drama
Movie
6 4 votes

Outrage Beyond (2012)

Action
Movie
as Ohtomo
6.9 41 votes

Outrage (2010)

Action Crime Drama
Movie
as Ôtomo
6.6 69 votes

Miwa: Looking for Black Lizard (2010)

Documentary
Movie
as Himself
7 1 votes

Kikoku (2010)

Drama History
Movie
as Private First Class Oomiya

Achilles and the Tortoise (2008)

Comedy Drama
Movie
as Machisu
6.8 14 votes

Glory to the Filmmaker! (2007)

Drama Comedy Foreign
Movie
6.1 8 votes

Takeshis' (2005)

Comedy Drama
Movie
as Beat Takeshi / Mr. Kitano (as Beat Takeshi)
5.8 12 votes

Arakimentari (2004)

Documentary
Movie
as Himself
6.2 5 votes

Izo (2004)

Action Drama Fantasy History Horror
Movie
as (as 'Bîto' Takeshi)
6.3 16 votes

Blood and Bones (2004)

Drama
Movie
as Joon-pyong Kim
6.4 11 votes

Musashi (2003)

Series
as Munisai Shinmen

MXC (2003)

Comedy
Series
5.5 5 votes

Battle Royale II: Requiem (2003)

Action Thriller
Movie
as Kitano
4.9 86 votes

Zatoichi (2003)

Adventure Drama Action
Movie
as Zatôichi
7.2 186 votes

Takeshi's Castle (2002)

Comedy
Series
8.5 2 votes

Battle Royale (2000)

Drama Thriller Adventure
Movie
as Kitano
7.3 776 votes

Brother (2000)

Crime Drama Thriller
Movie
as Aniki Yamamoto
6.8 84 votes

Takeshi Kitano, l'imprévisible (1999)

Documentary
Movie
as Himself

Jam Session (The Official Bootleg of Kikujiro) (1999)

Documentary
Movie
7 1 votes

Kikujiro (1999)

Comedy Drama Family
Movie
as Kikujiro
7.4 56 votes

Taboo (1999)

Drama History Thriller
Movie
as Toshizo Hijikata
6.5 12 votes

Tokyo Eyes (1998)

Romance Thriller
Movie
as Yakusa
5.1 4 votes

Fireworks (1997)

Crime Drama
Movie
as Nishi Yoshitaka
7.6 90 votes

Gonin (1995)

Action Crime Foreign Thriller
Movie
as Ichiro Kyoya
7.5 4 votes

Johnny Mnemonic (1995)

Adventure Action Drama Science Fiction Thriller
Movie
as Takahashi
5.4 289 votes

Getting Any? (1994)

Comedy Foreign
Movie
as Tiedemies
4.9 6 votes

Sonatine (1993)

Action Crime Thriller
Movie
as Aniki Murakawa
7.2 66 votes

Many Happy Returns (1993)

Comedy
Movie
as Daisuke Shiba

Erotic Liaisons (1992)

Mystery Crime Drama
Movie
7 1 votes

A Legend of Turmoil (1992)

Drama Crime Action
Movie

ほしをつぐもの (1990)

Drama Fantasy
Movie
as Yama no hito

Boiling Point (1990)

Crime Action Comedy
Movie
as Uehara
6.8 21 votes

Violent Cop (1989)

Action Crime Drama
Movie
as Azuma
6.9 34 votes

The Boss’ Wife (1988)

Drama Crime
Movie
as Shoji Sugimoto, Hitman (as 'Beat' Takeshi)

No More Comics! (1986)

Comedy Drama
Movie
as Police
5 1 votes

Yasha (1985)

Drama
Movie
as Yajima

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983)

Drama History
Movie
as Sgt. Gengo Hara
7.4 71 votes

The Mosquito on the Tenth Floor (1983)

Drama
Movie
as Man at Racetrack
7 1 votes