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Takeshi Kitano

Takeshi Kitano

Gender: male | Birthday: 1947-01-18 | Place of Birth:

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.

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Known For

Ghost in the Shell
Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell   

Release Date: 
2017

Rating: 5.9

Director: Christopher Obi / Scarlett Johansson /

While the Women Are Sleeping
While the Women Are Sleeping

While the Women Are Sleeping   

Release Date: 
2016

Rating: 5

Director: Kazuko Shingyoku / Wayne Wang /

A Living Promise
A Living Promise

A Living Promise   

Release Date: 
2016

Rating: 0

Director: Takeshi Kitano / Kan Ishibashi /

Stars: 
Yosuke Eguchi  /  Akira Emoto  /  Takeshi Kitano
Mozu The Movie
Mozu The Movie

Mozu The Movie   

Release Date: 
2015

Rating: 0

Director: Takeshi Kitano / Eiichiro Hasumi /

Outrage Beyond
Outrage Beyond

Outrage Beyond   

Release Date: 
2012

Rating: 7

Director: Takeshi Kitano /

Stars: 
Ryo Kase  /  Takeshi Kitano  /  Toshiyuki Nishida
Outrage
Outrage

Outrage   

Release Date: 
2010

Rating: 6.7

Director: Takeshi Kitano /

Achilles and the Tortoise
Achilles and the Tortoise

Achilles and the Tortoise   

Release Date: 
2008

Rating: 6.8

Director: Takeshi Kitano /

Stars: 
Takeshi Kitano  /  Masatō Ibu  /  Susumu Terajima
Glory to the Filmmaker!
Glory to the Filmmaker!

Glory to the Filmmaker!   

Release Date: 
2007

Rating: 6.2

Director: Takeshi Kitano /

Acting

2017
Ghost in the Shell

as    Chief Daisuke Aramaki

2016
A Living Promise

as    Detective Koichiro Iwase

2015
Mozu The Movie

as    Daruma

2004
Blood and Bones

as    Joon-pyong Kim

2004
Izo

as    (as 'Bîto' Takeshi)

2003
Battle Royale II: Requiem

as    Kitano

2000
Battle Royale

as    Kitano

1999
Taboo

as    Toshizo Hijikata

1995
Johnny Mnemonic

as    Takahashi

1983
Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

as    Sgt. Gengo Hara

1969
Go, Go Second Time Virgin

as    Gang Member

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