Takeshi Kitano

Takeshi Kitano
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.
Name Takeshi Kitano
Also Known As Такэси Китано, Beat Takeshi, Такеши Китано, 北野武, 기타노 타케시, 비트 타케시
Birthday 1947-01-18
Gender Male
IMDB Takeshi Kitano profile on IMDB
Place of Birth Tokyo, Japan
As: Zatoichi
2004-01-16
Zatoichi...
As: Aniki Yamamoto
2000-10-01
Brother...
As: Kitano
2000-12-20
Battle Royale...
As: Kitano
2003-11-11
Battle Royale II: Re...
As: Kikujiro
1999-06-05
Kikujiro...
As: Beat Takeshi / Mr. K
2005-09-02
Takeshis'...
As: Toshizo Hijikata
2000-10-06
Taboo...
As: Unknown
2007-06-02
Glory to the Filmmak...
As: Nishi Yoshitaka
1998-03-20
Fireworks...
As: Joon-pyong Kim
2004-11-06
Blood and Bones...
As: Aniki Murakawa
1993-04-10
Sonatine...
As: Sgt. Gengo Hara
1983-05-28
Merry Christmas Mr. ...
As: Machisu
2008-11-03
Achilles and the Tor...
As: Azuma
1989-08-12
Violent Cop...
As: Ichiro Kyoya
1995-09-23
Gonin...
As: Uehara
1990-09-15
Boiling Point...
As: Takahashi
1995-05-26
Johnny Mnemonic...
As: Ôtomo
2011-12-02
Outrage...
As: Tiedemies
1994-01-01
Getting Any?...
As: Yakusa
2001-07-27
Tokyo Eyes...
As: Police
1986-08-23
No More Comics!...
As: Man at Racetrack
1983-07-02
The Mosquito on the ...
As: Himself
2004-01-18
Arakimentari...
As: Ohtomo
2014-01-03
Outrage Beyond...
As: Teruo Sugino
2012-08-25
Dearest...
As: Yajima
1985-08-31
Yasha...
As: Private First Class
2010-08-12
Kikoku...
As: Murakawa
2015-04-25
Ryuzo and the Seven ...
As: Unknown
2005-05-28
Izo...
As: Unknown
1992-10-17
Erotic Liaisons...
As: Yama no hito
1990-02-03
Hoshi wo tsugu mono...
As: Unknown
1980-07-26
Makoto-chan...
As: Rokuro Fujisawa
2014-01-19
Seicho Matsumoto's B...
As: Daruma
2015-11-07
Mozu The Movie...
As: Shoji Sugimoto, Hitm
1988-11-09
The Boss' Wife...
As: Himself
2010-07-07
Miwa: Looking for Bl...
As: 北野武
2015-12-28
Aka Medaka...
As: Unknown
2016-02-27
While the Women Are ...
As: Unknown
1999-02-28
Jam Session (The Off...
As: Chief Daisuke Aramak
2017-03-31
Ghost in the Shell...
As: Unknown
1981-04-29
The Dump Truck Rasca...
As: Unknown
1981-12-20
Completely... With T...
As: Unknown
1992-01-15
A Legend of Turmoil...
As: Daisuke Shiba
1993-11-20
Many Happy Returns...
As: Himself
1999-03-05
The Unpredictable Ta...
As: Ôtomo
2017-10-07
Outrage Coda...
As: Shinobu
1981-09-26
Manon...
As: Hiroshi Igarashi
1985-04-26
Joke with a Sorrowfu...
As: Unknown
1991-04-05
Kim's War...
As: Unknown
1992-02-22
Dioxin from Fish!...
As: Unknown
2002-10-15
Kichiku...
As: Urata
2017-04-12
Prison Break...
As: Hideki Tojo
2008-12-24
What the War Meant...
As: Detective Koichiro I
2016-01-09
A Living Promise...
As: Gang Member
1969-01-01
Go, Go Second Time V...
As: Himself
2013-08-28
Trespassing Bergman...
As: Himself
2012-05-16
A Special Day...
As: Himself
2004-11-20
The Golden Cups: One...
As: Unknown
2007-05-19
To Each His Own Cine...
As: Unknown
2014-05-10
The 8th Floor...
As: Himself
2004-02-22
Electric Yakuza, Go ...
As: Niju Menso
2002-08-27
AKECHI VS 20MENS...
As: Unknown
2003-04-13
MXC...
As: Unknown
2002-11-01
Takeshi's Castle...
As: Munisai Shinmen
2003-01-05
Musashi...
As: Kantaro Kurosu
2012-10-18
Doctor-X: Surgeon Mi...
As: Count Takeshi
2006-01-28
Humor amarillo...