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Takeshi Kitano is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter, Executive producer and Editor Japonais born on 18 january 1947 at Adachi-ku (Japon)

Takeshi Kitano

Takeshi Kitano
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Birth name 北野 武
Nationality Japon
Birth 18 january 1947 (77 years) at Adachi-ku (Japon)
Awards Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres‎

Takeshi Kitano (北野 武, Kitano Takeshi, born 18 January 1947) is a Japanese director, comedian, singer (mostly as part of his comic career), actor, show host, 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 idiosyncratic cinematic work. Japanese film critic Nagaharu Yodogawa once dubbed him "the true successor" to the influential filmmaker Akira Kurosawa. With the exception of his works as a film director, he is known almost exclusively by the name Beat Takeshi (ビートたけし, Bīto Takeshi) – although he has been credited as the mononym "Takeshi" for his acting role in the movie Johnny Mnemonic. 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 little 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 humor and affection for their characters. Kitano's films leave paradoxical impressions and can seem controversial. The Japanese public knows him primarily as a TV host and comedian. 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.


Kitano was born on 18 January 1947, in Tokyo. His father worked as a house painter.

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Filmography of Takeshi Kitano (41 films)

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Outrage Coda, 1h44
Directed by Takeshi Kitano
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Yakuza films
Actors Takeshi Kitano, Ken Mitsuishi, Hakuryu, Yutaka Matsushige, Ren Osugi, Kanji Tsuda
Roles Otomo
Rating64% 3.207413.207413.207413.207413.20741
Cinq ans ont passé après la guerre entre les Sanno et les Hanabishi, les deux grandes familles du crime organisé japonais, à laquelle l’ancien chef Yakuza Otomo a survécu. Aujourd'hui, il travaille maintenant en Corée du Sud pour M. Chang, un intermédiaire respecté dont l’influence s’étend jusqu’au Japon. Lorsque la vie de M. Chang est en danger, le dévoué Otomo reviendra au Japon pour régler les choses à sa façon et surtout pour achever définitivement le conflit contre les Hanabishi.
Ghost in the Shell, 1h46
Directed by Rupert Sanders
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about psychiatry, Films about disabilities, Cyberpunk films, Dystopian films, Anticipation, Robot films
Actors Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Michael Pitt, Takeshi Kitano, Rila Fukushima, Juliette Binoche
Roles Chief Daisuke Aramaki
Rating62% 3.1462253.1462253.1462253.1462253.146225
Dans un futur proche. Le Major Mira Killian est unique en son genre. En effet, il y a un an, cette jeune femme a été sauvée d'un terrible accident en transférant son cerveau dans un corps synthétique aux capacités cybernétiques. À la suite de l'opération, elle a tout oublié de son passé. Elle a ensuite rejoint une unité d'élite anti-terroriste, la section 9, pour lutter aux côtés de Batou contre les plus dangereux criminels. Lorsque sévit une menace d'un nouveau genre, capable de pirater et de contrôler les esprits, le Major s'avère être la seule à pouvoir la combattre. Alors qu'elle s'apprête à affronter ce nouvel ennemi, elle découvre qu'on lui a menti ; sa vie n'a pas été sauvée, mais on la lui a volée. Rien ne l'arrêtera pour découvrir son véritable passé, trouver les responsables et les empêcher de recommencer avec d'autres cobayes.
Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen, 2h5
Directed by Takeshi Kitano
Origin Japon
Genres Comedy, Action
Actors Tatsuya Fuji, Masaomi Kondō, Akira Nakao, Ben Hiura, Takeshi Kitano, Atomu Shimojō
Roles Detective Murakami
Rating63% 3.1976353.1976353.1976353.1976353.197635
Ryūzō (Tatsuya Fuji) is a retired yakuza gangster who lives a quiet unassuming life with his salaryman son, Ryuhei (Masanobu Katsumura). Still in contact with his former lieutenant, Masa (Masaomi Kondō), Ryūzō maintains his short tempo with their regular get-togethers. One day, the old gangster receives a call from an impostor pretending to be his son asking for ¥5 million. Ryūzō sees through the trick and learns from police detective Murakami (Beat Takeshi) that a member from the Keihin Rengo gang is responsible. Re-uniting his seven former henchmen to strike back, Ryūzō learns that they have all grown weak with their old age. The elderly yakuza members soon learn that they must overcome their weaknesses if they are to prove to be a match against the younger Keihin Rengo.
Beyond Outrage, 1h52
Directed by Takeshi Kitano
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes La corruption policière, Mafia films, Seafaring films, Transport films, Yakuza films, Gangster films
Actors Takeshi Kitano, Toshiyuki Nishida, Ryō Kase, Tomokazu Miura, Yutaka Matsushige, Tao Okamoto
Roles Otomo
Rating67% 3.3539153.3539153.3539153.3539153.353915
The film begins with two anti-corruption detectives observing the discovery of dead bodies in a car being recovered from the bottom of a harbor. The detectives suspect that the drowned bodies are related to the recent gang war and power struggle at the huge Sanno-kai crime syndicate, which covers a large portion of eastern Japan. The new Grand Yakuza leader of Sanno-kai, Kato (Tomokazu Miura), must now reform his standing with the powerful rival Hanabishi-kai of western Japan. Otomo (Beat Takeshi), a former Yakuza, is serving time in a maximum security prison after falling out of favor with Sekiuchi, the former Grand Yakuza before Kato murdered him and took control.
Dearest (2012)

Directed by Yasuo Furuhata
Genres Drama
Actors Ken Takakura, Yūko Tanaka, Koichi Sato, Hideji Ōtaki, Kimiko Yo, Takeshi Kitano
Roles Teruo Sugino
Rating68% 3.4365853.4365853.4365853.4365853.436585
The story follows the journey of a man travelling some 300 kilometres from Toyama City, Japan to his wife's hometown in Nagasaki Prefecture, in order to scatter her ashes into the sea. Along the way he travels through many famous locations (Osaka, the ruins of Takeda Castle, Shimonoseki City, the Kanmon Bridge, Moji-ku, Kitakyūshū, and Sasebo, Nagasaki), recalling experiences with his wife along the way. He also befriends and is assisted by numerous strangers.
Outrage (2010)
, 1h49
Directed by Takeshi Kitano
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes La corruption policière, Mafia films, Seafaring films, Transport films, Yakuza films, Gangster films
Actors Takeshi Kitano, Ryō Kase, Tomokazu Miura, Jun Kunimura, Tetta Sugimoto, Eihi Shiina
Roles Otomo
Rating68% 3.400923.400923.400923.400923.40092
The film begins with a sumptuous banquet at the opulent estate of the Grand Yakuza leader Sekiuchi (Soichiro Kitamura), boss of the Sanno-kai, a huge organized crime syndicate controlling the entire Kanto region, and he has invited the many Yakuza leaders under his control. After the formal conclusion of the banquet, Kato, the chief lieutenant of Sekiuchi, pulls one of the Yakuza leaders, Ikemoto, aside and makes plain that he is displeased with the news that Ikemoto has become friendly with a rival gang leader, Murase, while the two were unexpectedly imprisoned together. Kato orders Ikemoto to bring the unassociated Murase-gumi gang in line, and he immediately passes the task on to his subordinate Otomo (Beat Takeshi), who runs his own crew.
Achilles and the Tortoise, 1h59
Directed by Takeshi Kitano
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about children, Peinture, L'enfance marginalisée
Actors Takeshi Kitano, Kanako Higuchi, Ren Osugi, Kumiko Asō, Akira Nakao, Nao Ōmori
Roles Machisu
Rating72% 3.643753.643753.643753.643753.64375
Kitano plays Machisu, who is born into a wealthy family, but loses both his parents as a child. When his father (Akira Nakao) commits suicide after the collapse of his business, Machisu's stepmother (Mariko Tsutsui) sends him to live with an aunt and uncle who mistreat him and finally send him to an orphanage. As a young man, Machisu (Yurei Yanagi) attends art school and finds his style of painting challenged by the more experimental and conceptual work turned in by his classmates. Machisu takes a job in order to pay for art school, and strikes up a friendship with a fellow co-worker, Sachiko (Kumiko Aso), who seems to grasp his artistic vision. They get married and have a daughter. As he grows older, Mashisu's obsession with contemporary art controls his whole life, leaving him insensitive of everything around him, including the death of his own daughter (Eri Tokunaga) and his wife's desertion. He tries to please the art critics, remaining penniless. He is caught up in a fire and almost dies. Losing all his previous works, he is left with a single half-burnt soda can, which he assesses at 200,000 yen and tries to sell. This ends up kicked carelessly away when his wife picks him up from the street. They walk away together, seemingly finally rid of his artistic obsession.
The Monster X Strikes Back: Attack the G8 Summit
Directed by Minoru Kawasaki
Genres Science fiction, Comedy
Themes La fin du monde, Kaiju films, Films about magic and magicians, Seafaring films, Transport films, Comedy science fiction films, Giant monster films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Disaster films
Actors Natsuki Katō, Kazuki Kato, Takeshi Kitano, Susumu Kurobe, Yuuri Morishita
Roles Take-Majin
Rating52% 2.6107652.6107652.6107652.6107652.610765
In the year 2008 all the world leaders are together at a G8 Summit meeting in Japan. A meteorite crashes into the heart of Sapporo and releases the monster Guilala. The monster rampages through Sapporo, leaving death and destruction in his wake. After levelling the city, Guilala transforms into a giant ball of fire and flies to Hokkaidō, making its way to the G8 Summit. The Prime Minister of Japan proposes cancelling the Summit for the safety of all involved, but the President of the United States convinces the other world leaders to personally stay and fight. Shortly after forming a world alliance, each leader stays to fight their own reason:
Glory to the Filmmaker!
Directed by Takeshi Kitano
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Takeshi Kitano, Susumu Terajima, Yuki Uchida, Tōru Emori, Anne Suzuki, Ren Osugi
Roles Takeshi / Yakuza / Father / Ninja / Detective / Astronomer
Rating62% 3.14913.14913.14913.14913.1491
Kitano plays a hapless film director in search of a commercial hit, while suffering failure after failure as he tries out different genres.
To Each His Own Cinema, 1h40
Directed by Claude Lelouch, Abbas Kiarostami, Amos Gitaï, Elia Suleiman, Nanni Moretti, Takeshi Kitano, Andreï Kontchalovski, Youssef Chahine, Roman Polanski, Wim Wenders, Chen Kaige, Raoul Ruiz, Olivier Assayas, Theo Angelopoulos, Michael Cimino, Wong Kar-wai, Manoel de Oliveira, Jane Campion, Alejandro González Iñárritu, David Lynch, Gus Van Sant, Atom Egoyan, Lars von Trier, Ken Loach, Walter Salles, David Cronenberg, Zhang Yimou, Bille August, Aki Kaurismäki, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Tsai Ming-liang, Raymond Depardon
Origin France
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Isabelle Adjani, Anouk Aimée, Antoine Chappey, David Cronenberg, Yosra El Lozy, Taraneh Allidousti
Roles The projectionist (segment "Rencontre unique")
Rating67% 3.3955753.3955753.3955753.3955753.395575
35 réalisateurs d'origines très variées (25 pays différents) ont tous mis en scène un court métrage de 3 minutes, sur le thème de la salle de cinéma. Le film en regroupe 33 puisque les frères Coen et les frères Dardenne travaillent ensemble. Celui de David Lynch ne faisait pas partie du film mais a été présenté en ouverture du festival.
Takeshis' (2005)
, 1h48
Directed by Takeshi Kitano
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Yakuza films, Gangster films
Actors Takeshi Kitano, Susumu Terajima, Kotomi Kyono, Ren Osugi, Kayoko Kishimoto, Akihiro Miwa
Roles Beat Takeshi / Mr. Kitano
Rating62% 3.147763.147763.147763.147763.14776
Takeshis' progresses through the nested storyline of the dual protagonists, Beat Takeshi and Mr. Kitano (both played by Kitano himself). Beat Takeshi, a prominent actor, meets a look-alike named Mr. Kitano, who is a struggling actor. After the meeting, Mr. Kitano's dreams take a violent, surreal turn.
Izo (2004)
, 2h8
Directed by Takashi Miike
Genres Drama, War, Fantasy, Action, Horror, Historical
Actors Takeshi Kitano, Kaori Momoi, Ryūhei Matsuda, Masumi Okada, Yūya Uchida, Hiroki Matsukata
Roles Chancellor
Rating60% 3.000573.000573.000573.000573.00057
En 1865, un assassin redoutable est crucifié et meurt sous les coups de lances. Mais son esprit, bouillant de haine et de désir de revanche, le dispense de la mort. Il devient prisonnier d’un espace-temps en perpétuelle mutation, exécutant tout ce qui tombe sous sa lame : hommes, femmes, enfants et même les divinités qui régissent l’univers.
Arakimentari, 1h25
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Documentary films about the visual arts, Documentaire sur une personnalité
Actors Takeshi Kitano, Björk, Richard Kern
Roles Self
Rating70% 3.5186053.5186053.5186053.5186053.518605
Dans un kimono rouge, ses bras fermement liés, elle regarde l'objectif avec une expression vide. Derrière l'appareil un curieux petit bonhomme est entrain de marmonner et de prendre des photos avec cinq appareils différents, trempé et excité comme le diable. Il s'agit de Nobuyoshi Araki, le plus controversé et le plus célébré des artistes japonais du monde. Ce documentaire exceptionnel vous fera rentrer dans sa légende...
Blood and Bones, 2h20
Directed by Yoichi Sai
Origin Japon
Genres Drama
Actors Takeshi Kitano, Kyōka Suzuki, Joe Odagiri, Yutaka Matsushige, Tomoko Tabata, Mari Hamada
Roles Joon-pyong Kim
Rating69% 3.4924553.4924553.4924553.4924553.492455
In 1923, the young Kim Shun-Pei moves from Cheju Island (South Korea), to Osaka (Japan). Through the years, he becomes a cruel, greedy and violent man and builds a factory of kamaboko (processed seafood products) in his poor Korean-Japanese community, where he exploits his employees. He makes a fortune, abuses and destroys the lives of his wife and family, has many mistresses and children and shows no respect to anyone. Later he closes the factory, lending out the money with high interest and becomes a loan shark. His hateful behavior remains unchanged to his last breath, alone in North Korea. The film is told from the perspective of Masao, his legitimate son by his abused and degraded wife, who knows nothing about his father other than to fear him.
Battle Royale II: Requiem, 2h13
Directed by Kinji Fukasaku, Kenta Fukasaku
Origin Japon
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Action, Horror
Themes Political films, Dystopian films
Actors Tatsuya Fujiwara, Ai Maeda, Shugo Oshinari, Yuma Ishigaki, Sonny Chiba, Miyuki Kanbe
Roles Kitano
Rating46% 2.3039752.3039752.3039752.3039752.303975
Three years after the events of the first film, the survivors of previous Battle Royales have formed a rebel group called the Wild Seven which is led by Shuya Nanahara. A class of teenagers from Shikanotoride Junior High School (鹿之砦中学校, Shikanotoride Chūgakkō) are kidnapped by the Japanese government. Instead of stereotypically studious Japanese students, these ninth graders are “a ragtag collection of delinquents and losers from all over Japan,” including tough-guy rugby players and punks with dyed hair. More importantly, many are orphans whose parents or family died in bombings by the Wild Seven. After their school bus is diverted to an army base, the students are herded into a cage, surrounded by armed guards, and confronted by their schoolteacher, Riki Takeuchi, who lays down the ground rules of the new Battle Royale game. Wild Seven is hiding out on a deserted island (filmed on Hashima Island), and instead of being forced to kill each other, as in the old Battle Royale, the students are sent off to war and ordered to attack the terrorist group’s hideout en masse and kill Shuya within 72 hours. Most of the students are not interested in being forced to avenge their families, but they are coerced to fight through exploding metal collars, which their captors can detonate by remote control. The teacher shows them a line in the caged classroom: those who wish to participate are instructed to cross the line, while those who refuse to participate will be killed. The students are put into 'pairs'; if one student dies, then his or her partner will be killed via collar detonation.