Takeshi Kitano

 

 

Takeshi Kitano

Tokyo, Japan

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.

 

Movies

座頭市
Zatôichi
Brother
Aniki Yamamoto
バトル・ロワイアル
Kitano
菊次郎の夏
Kikujiro
Takeshis'
Beat Takeshi / Mr. Kitano (as Beat Takeshi)
御法度
Toshizo Hijikata
ばんざい! / 監督・ばんざい!
No character defined
はなび
Nishi Yoshitaka
血と骨
Joon-pyong Kim
Sonatine
Aniki Murakawa
アキレスと亀
Machisu
その男、凶暴につき
Azuma
Outrage 0: Coda
Ôtomo (as Beat Takeshi)
アウトレイジ ビヨンド
Ohtomo
ほしをつぐもの
Yama no hito
黒い福音
Rokuro Fujisawa
女が眠る時
No character defined
Jam Session (The Official Bootleg of Kikujiro)
No character defined
Takeshi Kitano, l'imprévisible
Himself
Kichiku
No character defined
Gonin
Ichiro Kyoya
Johnny Mnemonic
Takahashi
コミック雑誌なんかいらない!
Police
Kikoku
Private First Class Oomiya
Makoto-chan
No character defined
赤めだか
立川談志
Ghost in the Shell
Daisuke Aramaki
Ano Senso wa Nan Datta no ka
No character defined
戦場のメリークリスマス
Sgt. Gengo Hara
Arakimentari
Himself
Miwa, à la recherche du lézard noir
Himself
Sukkari... sono ki de!
No character defined
Sakana kara daiokishin
No character defined
和田アキ子殺人事件
No character defined
Autoreiji
Ôtomo
エロティックな関係
No character defined
劇場版 MOZU
Daruma
あねご
Shoji Sugimoto, Hitman (as 'Beat' Takeshi)
Kyôso tanjô
Daisuke Shiba
Kimu no sensô
No character defined
破獄
Urata
あなたへ
No character defined
Manon
Shinobu
十階のモスキート
Man at Racetrack
修羅の伝説
No character defined
3-4X10月
Uehara
ドクターX ~外科医・大門未知子~スペシャル
Kantaro Kurosu
ダンプ渡り鳥
No character defined
龍三と七人の子分たち
No character defined
IZO
(as 'Bîto' Takeshi)
哀しい気分でジョーク
Hiroshi Igarashi
夜叉
Yajima
Batoru rowaiaru II: Chinkonka
Kitano
人生の約束
Detective Koichiro Iwase
みんな やってるか!
Tiedemies
Tokyo Eyes
Yakusa

Tv

MXC
No character defined
Takeshi's Castle
No character defined
武蔵
Munisai Shinmen