Takeshi Kitano

Name in Native Language: "北野 武" (Japanese/JA)
Film Director / Poet / Film Producer / Writer / Screenwriter / Comedian / Television Personalities In Japan | * 01/18/1947 (73) | Tokyo, Japan
Takeshi Kitano (北野 武, Kitano Takeshi, born 18 January 1947) is a Japanese comedian, television presenter, actor, filmmaker, and author. While he is known primarily as a comedian and TV host in his native Japan, abroad he is better known for his work as a filmmaker. With the exception of his works as a film director, he is known almost exclusively by the stage name Beat Takeshi (ビートたけし, Bīto Takeshi). Kitano rose to prominence in the 1970s as one half of the comedy duo Two Beat, before going solo and becoming one of the three biggest comedians in the country. After several small acting roles, he made his directorial debut with 1989's Violent Cop and garnered international acclaim for Sonatine (1993). He was not widely accepted as an accomplished director in Japan until Hana-bi won the Golden Lion in 1997. In October 2017, Kitano completed his Outrage crime trilogy with the release of Outrage Coda. He has received critical acclaim for his idiosyncratic cinemat... ()
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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.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Comedies | Crime

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Awards & Nominations for Takeshi Kitano

Commandeur Des Arts Et Des Lettres‎ Asian Film Award for Best Director Blue Ribbon Awards for Best Actor Golden Lion Silver Lion Officer of The Legion of Honour European Film Award for Best Non-European Film 3x Blue Ribbon Awards for Best Director Blue Ribbon Awards for Best Supporting Actor 2x Nikkan Sports Film Award for Best Director Nikkan Sports Film Award for Best Newcomer 2x European Film Award for Best Non-european Film

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Movies with Takeshi Kitano as Actor(64)

as Ôtomo2017 Outrage Coda
as Chief Daisuke Aramaki2017 Ghost in the Shell
as Urata2017 Prison Break
as Detective Koichiro Iwase2016 A Living Promise
as 北野武2015 Aka Medaka
as Daruma2015 Mozu The Movie
as Rokuro Fujisawa2014 Seicho Matsumoto's Black Gospel
as himself2013 Trespassing Bergman
as himself2012 A Special Day
as Ohtomo2012 Outrage Beyond
as Teruo Sugino2012 Dearest
as Ôtomo2010 Outrage
as Private First Class Oomiya2010 Kikoku
as Hideki Tojo2008 What the War Meant
as Beat Takeshi / Mr. Kitano (as Beat Takeshi)2005 Takeshis'
as himself2004 Arakimentari
2004 Izo
as Joon-pyong Kim2004 Blood and Bones
as Zatoichi2003 Zatoichi
2002 Kichiku
as Kitano2000 Battle Royale
as Aniki Yamamoto2000 Brother
as Kikujiro1999 Kikujiro
as Toshizo Hijikata1999 Taboo
as Yakusa1998 Tokyo Eyes
as Nishi Yoshitaka1997 Fireworks
as Yoshitaka Nishi (as Beat Takeshi)1997 Fireworks
as Ichiro Kyoya1995 Gonin
as Tiedemies1995 Getting Any?
as Takahashi1995 Johnny Mnemonic
as Aniki Murakawa1993 Sonatine
as Daisuke Shiba1993 Many Happy Returns
as Uehara1990 Boiling Point
as Yama no hito1990 Hoshi wo tsugu mono
as Azuma1989 Violent Cop
as Shoji Sugimoto, Hitman1988 The Boss' Wife
as Police1986 No More Comics!
as Hiroshi Igarashi1985 Joke with a Sorrowful Heart
as Yajima1985 Demon
as Hara (Archive footage)1985 Tokyo Melody: A Film about Ryuichi Sakamoto
as Man at Racetrack1983 The Mosquito on the Tenth Floor
as Shinobu1981 Manon
as Gang Member1969 Go, Go Second Time Virgin

TV Shows/Series with Takeshi Kitano as Actor(7)

as 古今亭志生2019 Idaten: Tokyo Olympics Story
as Kantaro Kurosu2012 Doctor-X: Surgeon Michiko Daimon
as Count Takeshi2006 Humor amarillo
as Munisai Shinmen2003 Musashi
2003 MXC

Movies with Takeshi Kitano as Crew(59)

Directing/Director2017 Outrage Coda
Editing/Editor2017 Outrage Coda
Writing/Writer2017 Outrage Coda
Writing/Screenplay2017 Outrage Coda
Directing/Director2015 Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen
Editing/Editor2015 Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen
Writing/Writer2015 Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen
Writing/Original Story2013 Kids Return: The Reunion
Directing/Director2012 Outrage Beyond
Editing/Editor2012 Outrage Beyond
Writing/Writer2012 Outrage Beyond
Directing/Director2010 Outrage
Editing/Editor2010 Outrage
Writing/Screenplay2010 Outrage
Directing/Director2008 Achilles and the Tortoise
Editing/Editor2008 Achilles and the Tortoise
Writing/Screenplay2008 Achilles and the Tortoise
Directing/Director2007 To Each His Own Cinema
Editing/Editor2007 To Each His Own Cinema
Production/Producer2007 To Each His Own Cinema
Directing/Director2007 Glory to the Filmmaker!
Editing/Editor2007 Glory to the Filmmaker!
Writing/Writer2007 Glory to the Filmmaker!
Directing/Director2005 Takeshis'
Editing/Editor2005 Takeshis'
Writing/Writer2005 Takeshis'
Directing/Director2003 Zatoichi
Editing/Editor2003 Zatoichi
Writing/Screenplay2003 Zatoichi
Directing/Director2002 Dolls
Editing/Editor2002 Dolls
Writing/Screenplay2002 Dolls
Directing/Director2000 Brother
Editing/Editor2000 Brother
Writing/Author2000 Brother
Directing/Director1999 Kikujiro
Editing/Editor1999 Kikujiro
Writing/Screenplay1999 Kikujiro
Directing/Director1997 Fireworks
Editing/Editor1997 Fireworks
Writing/Writer1997 Fireworks
Directing/Director1996 Kids Return
Editing/Editor1996 Kids Return
Writing/Writer1996 Kids Return
Directing/Director1995 Getting Any?
Editing/Editor1995 Getting Any?
Writing/Writer1995 Getting Any?
Directing/Director1993 Sonatine
Editing/Editor1993 Sonatine
Writing/Screenplay1993 Sonatine
Writing/Novel1993 Many Happy Returns
Directing/Director1991 A Scene at the Sea
Editing/Editor1991 A Scene at the Sea
Writing/Screenplay1991 A Scene at the Sea
Directing/Director1990 Boiling Point
Writing/Screenplay1990 Boiling Point
Directing/Director1989 Violent Cop
Writing/Adaptation1989 Violent Cop
Writing/Writer1989 Violent Cop

TV Shows/Series with Takeshi Kitano as Crew(1)

Directing/Director2006 Humor amarillo

Citizenship: Japan
Born: Saturday, 01/18 1947 (January) in Adachi-ku (current age: 73 years + 246 days)
Zodiac sign: Capricorn (Chinese zodiac sign: Pig)
Languages: Japanese (JA, native language)
Educated at: Adachi Ward fourth junior high school, Tokyo Metropolitan Adachi High School, Meiji University
Record Label: JVC Kenwood Victor Entertainment
Spouses (current/former): Mikiko Kitano
Children: Shoko Kitano
Siblings: Masaru Kitano
Student of: Senzaburō Fukami, Danshi Tatekawa
Other names for Takeshi Kitano (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Такэси Китано"
"Beat Takeshi"
"Такеши Китано"
"기타노 타케시"
"비트 타케시"
""Beat" Takeshi Kitano"
"北野 武"
"ビートたけし" (Pseudonym)
"マス北野" (Pseudonym)
Takeshi Kitano frequently works together with these people:
Susumu Terajima (17x, Actor)
Katsumi Yanagijima (17x, Crew)
Takio Yoshida (17x, Crew)
Masayuki Mori (17x, Crew)
Norihiro Isoda (14x, Crew)
Ren Osugi (13x, Actor)
Kanji Tsuda (10x, Actor)
Yoshinori Ota (10x, Crew)
Yūya Uchida (10x, Actor)
Senji Horiuchi (10x, Crew)
Beat Kiyoshi (8x, Cast)
Kenji Kamiyama (5x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:1164, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 08/25/2020