Takeshi Kitano

Takeshi Kitano Movies and TV Shows

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.

Personal info

  • Gender: Male
  • Date of birth: 1/18/1947 (77 years old)
  • Place of birth: Tokyo, Japan
Year
Genre
IMDB
TMDB
Available on the following streaming services in the UK
Outrage Coda
IMDB 6.4
TMDB 67%
role:
Ôtomo & 3 more
2017

Action

Crime

Drama

6.4
67%
Ghost in the Shell
IMDB 6.3
TMDB 61%
role:
Chief Daisuke Aramaki
2017

Action

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

6.3
61%
2016

Drama

Mystery

5.4
63%
Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen
IMDB 6.4
TMDB 65%
role:
Murakawa & 3 more
2015

Action

Comedy

6.4
65%
2013

Documentary

7.2
65%
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To Each His Own Cinema
IMDB 6.8
TMDB 66%
role:
Producer & 3 more
2007

Comedy

Drama

6.8
66%
2007

Comedy

Drama

6.3
59%
Battle Royale
IMDB 7.5
TMDB 73%
role:
Kitano
2000

Action

Drama

Thriller

7.5
73%
Brother
IMDB 7.1
TMDB 71%
role:
Author & 3 more
2000

Crime

Drama

Thriller

7.1
71%
Johnny Mnemonic
IMDB 5.6
TMDB 57%
role:
Takahashi
1995

Action

Adventure

Drama

Thriller

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

5.6
57%
1983

Drama

History

War & Politics

7.2
74%

FAQs

Some movies or TV shows available in the UK starring or involving Takeshi Kitano are, for example, Trespassing Bergman, Battle Royale and Johnny Mnemonic.
The streaming services with the largest selection are Prime Video, Google Play and iTunes.
The best StreamHint ratings are Battle Royale (7.4), Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (7.3) and Trespassing Bergman (6.9).
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