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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 Feliz Navidad, Mr. Lawrence 1983-05-23
Latest Project:
Pelicula Ghost in the Shell: El alma de la máquina 2017-03-29
Known For
Poster of Miwa, à la recherche du lézard noir
Poster of MXC
Poster of Brother
Poster of Jam Session (The Official Bootleg of Kikujiro)
Filmography
Pelicula Ghost in the Shell: El alma de la máquina Daisuke Aramaki 2017-03-29
Pelicula 人生の約束 Detective Koichiro Iwase 2016-01-09
Pelicula Mientras ellas duermen 2016-02-27
Pelicula 龍三と七人の子分たち 2015-04-25
Pelicula 劇場版 MOZU Daruma 2015-11-07
Pelicula 赤めだか 立川談志 2015-12-28
Pelicula 黒い福音 Rokuro Fujisawa 2014-01-19
Pelicula あなたへ 2012-08-25
Pelicula Outrage 2 Ohtomo 2012-09-03
Pelicula Miwa, à la recherche du lézard noir Himself 2010-07-07
Pelicula Outrage Ôtomo 2010-05-17
Pelicula Kikoku Private First Class Oomiya 2010-08-12
Pelicula アキレスと亀 Machisu 2008-09-20
Pelicula ばんざい! / 監督・ばんざい! 2007-06-02
Pelicula Takeshis' Beat Takeshi / Mr. Kitano (as Beat Takeshi) 2005-09-02
Pelicula Izo (as 'Bîto' Takeshi) 2004-08-21
Pelicula Arakimentari Himself 2004-01-18
Pelicula 血と骨 Joon-pyong Kim 2004-11-06
Series 武蔵 Munisai Shinmen 2003-01-05
Series MXC 2003-04-13
Pelicula Zatoichi Zatôichi 2003-09-06
Pelicula Battle Royale 2: Réquiem Kitano 2003-07-05
Series Takeshi's Castle 2002-11-09
Pelicula Brother Aniki Yamamoto 2000-09-09
Pelicula Battle Royale Kitano 2000-12-16
Pelicula Gohatto Toshizo Hijikata 1999-12-18
Pelicula Jam Session (The Official Bootleg of Kikujiro) 1999-02-28
Pelicula El verano de Kikujiro Kikujiro 1999-06-05
Pelicula Tokyo Eyes Yakusa 1998-09-09
Pelicula Hana-Bi: Flores de fuego Nishi Yoshitaka 1997-09-03
Pelicula Johnny Mnemonic Takahashi 1995-05-26
Pelicula Gonin Ichiro Kyoya 1995-09-23
Pelicula みんな やってるか! Tiedemies 1994-01-01
Pelicula Sonatine Aniki Murakawa 1993-04-10
Pelicula Kyôso tanjô Daisuke Shiba 1993-11-20
Pelicula 修羅の伝説 1992-01-15
Pelicula Erotic Liaisons 1992-10-17
Pelicula Sakana kara daiokishin 1992-02-22
Pelicula ほしをつぐもの Yama no hito 1990-02-03
Pelicula Boiling Point Uehara 1990-09-15
Pelicula Violent Cop Azuma 1989-08-12
Pelicula あねご Shoji Sugimoto, Hitman (as 'Beat' Takeshi) 1988-11-09
Pelicula コミック雑誌なんかいらない! Police 1986-08-23
Pelicula Kanashii kibun de joke Hiroshi Igarashi 1985-04-26
Pelicula 夜叉 Yajima 1985-08-31
Pelicula Feliz Navidad, Mr. Lawrence Sgt. Gengo Hara 1983-05-23
Pelicula 十階のモスキート Man at Racetrack 1983-07-02