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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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Jan 18, 1947 In Tokyo, Japan
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Go, Go Second Time Virgin 1969-01-01
Latest Project:
Movie Citizen Kitano 2020-10-16
Known For
Poster of Ghost in the Shell
Poster of Beyond Outrage
Poster of Takeshi's Castle
Poster of Taboo
Movie Citizen Kitano Self 2020-10-16
Movie Outrage Coda Ôtomo 2017-10-07
Movie Prison Break Urata 2017-04-12
Movie Ghost in the Shell Chief Daisuke Aramaki 2017-03-29
Movie Doctor-X: Surgeon Michiko Daimon Special kantaro kurosu 2016-07-03
Movie While the Women Are Sleeping 2016-02-27
Movie A Living Promise Detective Koichiro Iwase 2016-01-09
Movie Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen Murakawa 2015-04-25
Movie Mozu The Movie Daruma 2015-11-07
Movie Aka Medaka Tatekawa Danshi 2015-12-28
Movie Seicho Matsumoto's Black Gospel Rokuro Fujisawa 2014-01-19
Movie Kuroi Fukuin 2014-01-19
Movie Trespassing Bergman Himself 2013-08-28
Movie Beyond Outrage Ohtomo 2012-09-03
Movie Dearest Teruo Sugino 2012-08-25
Movie A Special Day Himself 2012-05-16
Movie Outrage Ôtomo 2010-05-17
Movie Miwa: Looking for Black Lizard Himself 2010-07-07
Movie Kikoku Private First Class Oomiya 2010-08-12
Movie What the War Meant Hideki Tojo 2008-12-24
Movie The Monster X Strikes Back: Attack the G8 Summit Take-Majin 2008-10-26
Movie Achilles and the Tortoise Machisu 2008-09-20
Movie To Each His Own Cinema 2007-10-31
Movie Glory to the Filmmaker! 2007-06-02
Movie Wada Akiko satsujin jiken 2007-02-12
Movie Takeshis' Beat Takeshi / Mr. Kitano (as Beat Takeshi) 2005-09-02
Movie Blood and Bones Joon-pyong Kim 2004-11-06
Movie Izo 2004-08-21
Movie Electric Yakuza, Go to Hell! Himself 2004-02-22
Movie Arakimentari Himself 2004-01-18
Movie Zatoichi Zatoichi 2003-09-06
Movie Battle Royale II: Requiem Kitano 2003-07-05
Series MXC 2003-04-13
Movie 明智小五郎対怪人二十面相 Niju Menso 2002-08-27
Movie Kichiku 2002-10-15
Series Takeshi's Castle 2002-11-01
Movie Battle Royale Kitano 2000-12-16
Movie Brother Aniki Yamamoto 2000-12-13
Movie Taboo Toshizo Hijikata 1999-12-18
Movie Kikujiro Kikujiro 1999-06-05
Movie Jam Session (The Official Bootleg of Kikujiro) 1999-02-28
Movie Tokyo Eyes Yakusa 1998-09-09
Movie Fireworks Yoshitaka Nishi 1997-11-05
Movie Gonin Ichiro Kyoya 1995-09-23
Movie Johnny Mnemonic Takahashi 1995-05-26
Movie Getting Any? Tiedemies 1995-02-11
Movie Many Happy Returns Daisuke Shiba 1993-11-20
Movie Sonatine Aniki Murakawa 1993-04-10
Movie Erotic Liaisons Okuyama 1992-10-17
Movie Dioxin from Fish! 1992-02-22
Movie A Legend of Turmoil 1992-01-15
Movie Kim's War 1991-04-05
Movie KILL THEM ALL 1990-11-23
Movie Boiling Point Uehara 1990-09-15
Movie Hoshi wo tsugu mono Yama no hito 1990-02-03
Movie Violent Cop Azuma 1989-08-12
Movie The Boss' Wife Shoji Sugimoto, Hitman 1988-11-19
Movie No More Comics! Police 1986-02-01
Movie Demon Yajima 1985-08-31
Movie Joke with a Sorrowful Heart Hiroshi Igarashi 1985-04-26
Movie Tokyo Melody: A Film about Ryuichi Sakamoto Hara (archive footage) 1985-04-09
Movie The Mosquito on the Tenth Floor Man at Racetrack 1983-07-02
Movie Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence Hara 1983-05-28
Movie Completely... With That Air! 1981-12-20
Movie Manon Shinobu 1981-09-26
Movie The Dump Truck Rascal 1981-04-29
Movie Makoto-chan 1980-07-26
Movie Go, Go Second Time Virgin Gang Member 1969-01-01