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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 Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence 1983-05-23
Latest Project:
Movie Ghost in the Shell 2017-03-29
Known For
Poster of MXC
Poster of Takeshi's Castle
Poster of Takeshi Kitano, l'imprévisible
Movie Ghost in the Shell Chief Daisuke Aramaki 2017-03-29
Movie While the Women Are Sleeping 2016-02-27
Movie A Living Promise Detective Koichiro Iwase 2016-01-09
Movie Aka Medaka 立川談志 2015-12-28
Movie Mozu The Movie Daruma 2015-11-07
Movie Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen Murakawa 2015-04-25
Movie Seicho Matsumoto's Black Gospel Rokuro Fujisawa 2014-01-19
Movie Outrage Beyond Ohtomo 2012-09-03
Movie Dearest 2012-08-25
Movie Kikoku Private First Class Oomiya 2010-08-12
Movie Miwa: Looking for Black Lizard Himself 2010-07-07
Movie Outrage Ôtomo 2010-05-17
Movie Achilles and the Tortoise Machisu 2008-09-20
Movie Glory to the Filmmaker! 2007-06-02
Movie Takeshis' Beat Takeshi / Mr. Kitano (as Beat Takeshi) 2005-09-02
Movie Arakimentari Himself 2004-01-18
Movie Izo (as 'Bîto' Takeshi) 2004-08-21
Movie Blood and Bones Joon-pyong Kim 2004-11-06
Movie Zatoichi Zatôichi 2003-09-06
Movie Battle Royale II: Requiem Kitano 2003-07-05
tv MXC 2003-04-13
tv Musashi Munisai Shinmen 2003-01-05
tv Takeshi's Castle 2002-11-01
Movie Battle Royale Kitano 2000-12-16
Movie Brother Aniki Yamamoto 2000-09-09
Movie Taboo Toshizo Hijikata 1999-12-18
Movie Kikujiro Kikujiro 1999-06-05
Movie Takeshi Kitano, l'imprévisible Himself 1999-03-05
Movie Jam Session (The Official Bootleg of Kikujiro) 1999-02-28
Movie No More Comics! Police 1986-08-23
Movie Yasha Yajima 1985-08-31
Movie The Mosquito on the Tenth Floor Man at Racetrack 1983-07-02
Movie Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence Sgt. Gengo Hara 1983-05-23