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Takeshi Kitano

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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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 JAPANARAMA! Psycho TV From Japan Vol. 1 2022
Known For
Poster of Zatoichi
Poster of Battle Royale
Poster of Johnny Mnemonic
Poster of Kitano fan kurabu
Movie JAPANARAMA! Psycho TV From Japan Vol. 1 Unknown 2022
Movie Making-of Kids Return Himself 2022
Movie Citizen Kitano Self 2020-10-16
Series Idaten: Tokyo Olympics Story 古今亭志生 2019-01-06
Series Kiseki taiken! Unbelievable Storyteller 2018-04-05
Movie Ghost in the Shell Chief Daisuke Aramaki 2017-03-29
Movie Prison Break Urata 2017-04-12
Movie Outrage Coda Ôtomo 2017-10-07
Movie A Living Promise Detective Koichiro Iwase 2016-01-09
Movie While the Women Are Sleeping Unknown 2016-02-27
Movie Doctor-X: Surgeon Michiko Daimon Special kantaro kurosu 2016-07-03
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 The 8th Floor Unknown 2014-05-10
Movie In Between Mountains And Oceans Himself 2014-04-11
Movie Trespassing Bergman Himself 2013-08-28
Movie A Special Day Himself 2012-05-16
Movie Dearest Teruo Sugino 2012-08-25
Movie Beyond Outrage Ohtomo 2012-09-03
Series Doctor-X: Surgeon Michiko Daimon Kantaro Kurosu 2012-10-18
Movie Outrage Ôtomo 2010-05-17
Movie Kikoku Private First Class Oomiya 2010-08-12
Movie Miwa: Looking for Black Lizard Himself 2010-07-07
Movie Takeshi's Castle Vol. 1 Unknown 2009-11-20
Movie Achilles and the Tortoise Machisu 2008-09-20
Movie The Monster X Strikes Back: Attack the G8 Summit Take-Majin 2008-10-26
Movie What the War Meant Hideki Tojo 2008-12-24
Movie Glory to the Filmmaker! Unknown 2007-06-02
Movie To Each His Own Cinema Unknown 2007-10-31
Movie Dots and Lines Jutaro Torikai 2007-11-24
Series Humor amarillo Count Takeshi 2006-01-28
Movie Takeshis' Beat Takeshi / Mr. Kitano (as Beat Takeshi) 2005-09-02
Movie Arakimentari Himself 2004-01-18
Movie Electric Yakuza, Go to Hell! Himself 2004-02-22
Movie Blood and Bones Joon-pyong Kim 2004-11-06
Movie Izo Unknown 2004-08-21
Movie The Golden Cups: One More Time Himself 2004-11-20
Series MXC Unknown 2003-04-13
Series Musashi Munisai Shinmen 2003-01-05
Movie Battle Royale II: Requiem Kitano 2003-07-05
Movie Zatoichi Zatoichi 2003-09-06
Movie The Making of Battle Royale: The Experience of 42 High School Students Unknown 2002-09-04
Movie 明智小五郎対怪人二十面相 Niju Menso 2002-08-27
Movie Kichiku Unknown 2002-10-15
Series Takeshi's Castle Unknown 2002-11-01
Movie Scenes by the Sea: Takeshi Kitano Unknown 2000-05-05
Movie Brother Aniki Yamamoto 2000-09-09
Movie Battle Royale Kitano 2000-12-16
Movie The Unpredictable Takeshi Kitano Self 1999-03-05
Movie Jam Session (The Official Bootleg of Kikujiro) Unknown 1999-02-28
Movie Kikujiro Kikujiro 1999-06-05
Movie Taboo Toshizo Hijikata 1999-12-18
Movie Tokyo Eyes Yakusa 1998-09-09
Movie Fireworks Yoshitaka Nishi (as Beat Takeshi) 1997-11-05
Movie Getting Any? Tiedemies 1995-02-11
Movie Johnny Mnemonic Takahashi 1995-05-26
Movie Gonin Ichiro Kyoya 1995-09-23
Movie Sonatine Aniki Murakawa 1993-04-10
Movie Many Happy Returns Daisuke Shiba 1993-11-20
Series Kitano fan kurabu Self 1992-02-12
Movie A Legend of Turmoil Unknown 1992-01-15
Series 北野ファンクラブ Unknown 1992-02-13
Movie Dioxin from Fish! Unknown 1992-02-22
Movie Erotic Liaisons Okuyama 1992-10-17
Movie Kim's War Unknown 1991-04-05
Movie Shoko Asahara with Takeshi Unknown 1991-12-30
Movie Hoshi wo tsugu mono Yama no hito 1990-02-03
Movie KILL THEM ALL Unknown 1990-11-23
Movie Boiling Point Uehara 1990-09-15
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
Series Takeshi's Castle Count Takeshi 1986-05-02
Movie Tokyo Melody: A Film about Ryuichi Sakamoto Hara (archive footage) 1985-04-09
Movie Demon Yajima 1985-08-31
Movie Joke with a Sorrowful Heart Hiroshi Igarashi 1985-04-26
Movie Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence Hara 1983-05-28
Movie The Mosquito on the Tenth Floor Man at Racetrack 1983-07-02
Movie Summer Secrets Unknown 1982-09-18
Movie The Dump Truck Rascal Unknown 1981-04-29
Movie Manon Shinobu 1981-09-26
Movie Completely... With That Air! Unknown 1981-12-20
Movie Makoto-chan Unknown 1980-07-26
Movie Go, Go Second Time Virgin Gang Member 1969-01-01