Biography

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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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​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.

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Personal Info

Gender Male

Known Credits 52

Birthday 1947-01-18

Place of Birth Tokyo, Japan

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • Такэси Китано
  • Beat Takeshi
  • Такеши Китано

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2017 Ghost in the Shell as Daisuke Aramaki
2016 While the Women Are Sleeping
2016 A Living Promise
2015 Aka Medaka as 立川談志
2015 Mozu The Movie as Daruma
2015 Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen
2014 黒い福音 as 藤沢六郎
2014 Kuroi Fukuin
2012 Outrage Beyond as Ohtomo
2012 Dearest
2010 Kikoku as Private First Class Oomiya
2010 Miwa: Looking for Black Lizard as Himself
2010 Outrage as Ôtomo
2008 Achilles and the Tortoise as Machisu
2007 Glory to the Filmmaker!
2005 Takeshis' as Beat Takeshi / Mr. Kitano (as Beat Takeshi)
2004 Blood and Bones as Joon-pyong Kim
2004 Izo as (as 'Bîto' Takeshi)
2004 Arakimentari as Himself
2003 Zatoichi as Zatôichi
2003 Battle Royale II: Requiem as Kitano
2003 MXC(90 episodes)
2003 Musashi(37 episodes) as Munisai Shinmen
2002 Takeshi's Castle(132 episodes)
2000 Battle Royale as Kitano
2000 Brother as Aniki Yamamoto
1999 Taboo as Toshizo Hijikata
1999 Kikujiro as Kikujiro
1999 Takeshi Kitano, l'imprévisible as Himself
1999 Jam Session (The Official Bootleg of Kikujiro)
1998 Tokyo Eyes as Yakusa
1997 Fireworks as Nishi Yoshitaka
1995 Gonin as Ichiro Kyoya
1995 Johnny Mnemonic as Takahashi
1994 Getting Any? as Tiedemies
1993 Many Happy Returns as Daisuke Shiba
1993 Sonatine as Aniki Murakawa
1992 Erotic Liaisons
1992 A Legend of Turmoil
1990 Boiling Point as Uehara
1990 Hoshi wo tsugu mono as Yama no hito
1989 Violent Cop as Azuma
1988 The Boss’ Wife as Shoji Sugimoto, Hitman (as 'Beat' Takeshi)
1986 No More Comics! as Police
1985 Yasha as Yajima
1983 The Mosquito on the Tenth Floor as Man at Racetrack
1983 Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence as Sgt. Gengo Hara

Directing

2015 Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen … Director
2012 Outrage Beyond … Director
2010 Outrage … Director
2008 Achilles and the Tortoise … Director
2007 Glory to the Filmmaker! … Director
2007 To Each His Own Cinema … Director
2005 Takeshis' … Director
2003 Zatoichi … Director
2002 Dolls … Director
2000 Brother … Director
1999 Kikujiro … Director
1997 Fireworks … Director
1996 Kids Return … Director
1994 Getting Any? … Director
1993 Sonatine … Director
1991 A Scene at the Sea … Director
1990 Boiling Point … Director
1989 Violent Cop … Director

Writing

2015 Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen … Writer
2013 Kids Return: The Reunion … Original Story
2012 Outrage Beyond … Writer
2010 Outrage … Screenplay
2007 Glory to the Filmmaker! … Writer
2005 Takeshis' … Writer
2003 Zatoichi … Screenplay
2002 Dolls … Screenplay
2000 Brother … Author
1999 Kikujiro … Screenplay
1997 Fireworks … Writer
1996 Kids Return … Writer
1994 Getting Any? … Writer
1993 Many Happy Returns … Novel
1993 Sonatine … Author
1991 A Scene at the Sea … Writer
1990 Boiling Point … Screenplay
1989 Violent Cop … Adaptation

Editing

2015 Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen … Editor
2005 Takeshis' … Editor
2003 Zatoichi … Editor
2002 Dolls … Editor
2000 Brother … Editor
1999 Kikujiro … Editor
1997 Fireworks … Editor
1996 Kids Return … Editor
1994 Getting Any? … Editor
1993 Sonatine … Editor

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