Takeshi Kitano

Film director

1947 –

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Who is Takeshi Kitano?

Takeshi Kitano is a Japanese film director, comedian, singer, actor, 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. 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.

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Born
Jan 18, 1947
Adachi
Also known as
  • Kitano Takeshi
  • Beat Takeshi
  • Bito Takeshi
  • 'Bîto' Takeshi
  • Bîto Takeshi
  • Takeshi
  • 'Beat' Takeshi
  • Take-chan
  • ビートたけし
  • 北野 武
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Children
Nationality
  • Japan
Profession
Education
  • Meiji University
Lived in
  • Tokyo

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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