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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 戦場のメリークリスマス 1983-05-23
Latest Project:
Movie 破獄 2017-04-12
Known For
Poster of 龍三と七人の子分たち
Poster of ばんざい! / 監督・ばんざい!
Poster of 血と骨
Poster of バトル・ロワイアル
Movie 破獄 Urata 2017-04-12
Movie Ghost in the Shell Chief Daisuke Aramaki 2017-03-29
Movie 곡성 Rumoured as Japanese visitor 2016-05-12
Movie 赤めだか 立川談志 2015-12-28
Movie 劇場版 MOZU Daruma 2015-11-07
Movie 龍三と七人の子分たち Murakawa 2015-04-25
Movie 黒い福音 Rokuro Fujisawa 2014-01-19
Movie 黒い福音 Rokuro Fujisawa 2014-01-19
Movie アウトレイジ ビヨンド Ohtomo 2012-09-03
Movie あなたへ 2012-08-25
Movie Autoreiji Ôtomo 2010-05-17
Movie Miwa, à la recherche du lézard noir Himself 2010-07-07
Movie Kikoku Private First Class Oomiya 2010-08-12
Movie アキレスと亀 Machisu 2008-09-20
Movie ばんざい! / 監督・ばんざい! 2007-06-02
Movie Takeshis' Beat Takeshi / Mr. Kitano (as Beat Takeshi) 2005-09-02
Movie 血と骨 Joon-pyong Kim 2004-11-06
Movie IZO (as 'Bîto' Takeshi) 2004-08-21
Movie Arakimentari Himself 2004-01-18
Series MXC 2003-04-13
Series 武蔵 Munisai Shinmen 2003-01-05
Movie Batoru rowaiaru II: Chinkonka Kitano 2003-07-05
Movie 座頭市 Zatôichi 2003-09-06
Series Takeshi's Castle 2002-11-01
Movie バトル・ロワイアル Kitano 2000-12-16
Movie Brother Aniki Yamamoto 2000-09-09
Movie 御法度 Toshizo Hijikata 1999-12-18
Movie 菊次郎の夏 Kikujiro 1999-06-05
Movie Tokyo Eyes Yakusa 1998-09-09
Movie はなび Nishi Yoshitaka 1997-09-03
Movie GONIN Ichiro Kyoya 1995-09-23
Movie Johnny Mnemonic Takahashi 1995-05-26
Movie みんな〜やってるか! Tiedemies 1994-01-01
Movie Sonatine Aniki Murakawa 1993-04-10
Movie エロティックな関係 1992-10-17
Movie 修羅の伝説 1992-01-15
Movie 3-4X10月 Uehara 1990-09-15
Movie ほしをつぐもの Yama no hito 1990-02-03
Movie その男、凶暴につき Azuma 1989-08-12
Movie あねご Shoji Sugimoto, Hitman (as 'Beat' Takeshi) 1988-11-09
Movie コミック雑誌なんかいらない! Police 1986-08-23
Movie 夜叉 Yajima 1985-08-31
Movie 十階のモスキート Man at Racetrack 1983-07-02
Movie 戦場のメリークリスマス Sgt. Gengo Hara 1983-05-23