Takeshi Kitano

Takeshi Kitano

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    • January 18th, 1947
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.

Starring Takeshi Kitano on Plex


Acting (30 Credits)

2017Outrage Coda as Ôtomo
2017Ghost in the Shell as Chief Daisuke Aramaki
2015Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen as Murakawa
2012Beyond Outrage as Ohtomo
2010The Outrage as Ôtomo
2008Achilles and the Tortoise as Machisu
2007Glory to the Filmmaker!
2007To Each His Own Cinema
2005Takeshis' as Beat Takeshi / Mr. Kitano (as Beat Takeshi)
2004Blood and Bones as Joon-pyong Kim
2003The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi as Zatoichi
2003Battle Royale II as Kitano
2002Takeshi's Castle (2002)
2000Brother as Aniki Yamamoto
2000Battle Royale as Kitano
1999Taboo as Toshizo Hijikata
1999Kikujiro as Kikujiro
1998Tokyo Eyes as Yakusa
1997Fireworks as Yoshitaka Nishi
1995The Five as Ichiro Kyoya
1995Johnny Mnemonic as Takahashi
1994Getting Any? as Tiedemies
1993Sonatine as Aniki Murakawa
1990Boiling Point as Uehara
1989Violent Cop as Azuma
1986Takeshi's Castle as Count Takeshi
1983Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence as Hara
1969Go, Go, Second Time Virgin as Gang Member

Himself (1 Credits)

2013Trespassing Bergman as Himself


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