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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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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 64

Birthday 1947-01-18

Place of Birth Tokyo, Japan

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • Такэси Китано
  • Beat Takeshi
  • Такеши Китано
  • 北野武

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2017 Outrage 0: Coda as Ôtomo (as Beat Takeshi)
2017 Prison Break as Urata
2017 Ghost in the Shell as Daisuke Aramaki
2016 Doctor X: Gekai Daimon Michiko Special as Kantaro Kurosu
2016 While the Women Are Sleeping
2016 A Living Promise as Detective Koichiro Iwase
2015 Aka Medaka as 立川談志
2015 Mozu The Movie as Daruma
2015 Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen
2014 Black Gospel as Rokuro Fujisawa
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!
2007 Wada Akiko satsujin jiken
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)
2002 Kichiku
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 Dioxin from Fish!
1992 A Legend of Turmoil
1991 Kim's War
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
1985 Kanashii kibun de joke as Hiroshi Igarashi
1983 The Mosquito on the Tenth Floor as Man at Racetrack
1983 Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence as Sgt. Gengo Hara
1981 Completely... With That Air!
1981 Manon as Shinobu
1981 The Dump Truck Rascal
1980 Makoto-chan
1900 Ano Senso wa Nan Datta no ka

Directing

2017 Outrage 0: CodaDirector
2015 Ryuzo and the Seven HenchmenDirector
2012 Outrage BeyondDirector
2010 OutrageDirector
2008 Achilles and the TortoiseDirector
2007 Glory to the Filmmaker!Director
2007 To Each His Own CinemaDirector
2005 Takeshis'Director
2003 ZatoichiDirector
2002 DollsDirector
2000 BrotherDirector
1999 KikujiroDirector
1997 FireworksDirector
1996 Kids ReturnDirector
1994 Getting Any?Director
1993 SonatineDirector
1991 A Scene at the SeaDirector
1990 Boiling PointDirector
1989 Violent CopDirector

Writing

2017 Outrage 0: CodaWriter
2015 Ryuzo and the Seven HenchmenWriter
2013 Kids Return: The ReunionOriginal Story
2012 Outrage BeyondWriter
2010 OutrageScreenplay
2007 Glory to the Filmmaker!Writer
2005 Takeshis'Writer
2003 ZatoichiScreenplay
2002 DollsScreenplay
2000 BrotherAuthor
1999 KikujiroScreenplay
1997 FireworksWriter
1996 Kids ReturnWriter
1994 Getting Any?Writer
1993 Many Happy ReturnsNovel
1993 SonatineAuthor
1991 A Scene at the SeaWriter
1990 Boiling PointScreenplay
1989 Violent CopAdaptation

Editing

2017 Outrage 0: CodaEditor
2015 Ryuzo and the Seven HenchmenEditor
2005 Takeshis'Editor
2003 ZatoichiEditor
2002 DollsEditor
2000 BrotherEditor
1999 KikujiroEditor
1997 FireworksEditor
1996 Kids ReturnEditor
1994 Getting Any?Editor
1993 SonatineEditor

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