Takeshi Kitano - Wikipedia

Takeshi Kitano – Wikipedia

Japanese movie director, comic, singer, actor, movie editor, presenter, screenwriter, writer, poet, painter and online game designer

Takeshi Kitano

北野 武

Takeshi Kitano 2017.jpg
Born (1947-01-18) 18 January 1947 (age 73)
Different names Beat Takeshi
Alma mater Meiji College (withdrew)
  • Comic
  • tv presenter
  • actor
  • filmmaker
  • writer
Years energetic 1972–current

Mikiko Kitano

(m. 1980; div. 2019)

Relations Hideshi Matsuda (brother-in-law)
Awards Golden Lion (1997)
Takeshi Kitano Signature.svg

Takeshi Kitano (北野 武, Kitano Takeshi, born 18 January 1947) is a Japanese comic, tv presenter, actor, filmmaker, and writer. Whereas he’s recognized primarily as a comic and TV host in his native Japan, overseas he’s higher recognized for his work as a filmmaker. Excluding his works as a movie director, he’s recognized nearly solely by the stage title Beat Takeshi (ビートたけし, Bīto Takeshi).

Kitano rose to prominence within the 1970s as one half of the comedy duo Two Beat, earlier than going solo and turning into one of many three largest comedians within the nation. After a number of small performing roles, he made his directorial debut with 1989’s Violent Cop and garnered worldwide popularity of Sonatine (1993). He was not broadly accepted as an achieved director in Japan till Hana-bi gained the Golden Lion in 1997. In October 2017, Kitano accomplished his Outrage crime trilogy with the discharge of Outrage Coda.[1]

He has obtained essential popularity of his idiosyncratic cinematic work, profitable quite a few awards with Japanese movie critic Nagaharu Yodogawa having as soon as dubbed him “the true successor” to influential filmmaker Akira Kurosawa.[2] A lot of Kitano’s movies are dramas about yakuza gangsters or the police. Described by critics as utilizing an performing model that’s extremely deadpan or a digicam model that approaches near-stasis, Kitano usually makes use of lengthy takes throughout which little seems to be taking place, or enhancing that cuts instantly to the aftermath of an occasion. A lot of his movies specific a bleak worldview, however are additionally full of humor and affection for his or her characters.

Life and profession

Formative years

Takeshi Kitano was born in Adachi, Tokyo, with two older brothers and an older sister. His father labored as a home painter,[3] with Kitano revealing that he was additionally presumably a yakuza, whereas his mom was a strict disciplinarian and educator who labored in a manufacturing unit.[4] In his working-class neighborhood, the kids appeared as much as baseball gamers and yakuza, with lots of his neighbors being the latter.[4] Kitano entered Meiji College and studied engineering, earlier than dropping out at age 19. He went to the Asakusa district in 1972 to develop into a comic. Whereas working as an elevator operator on the Asakusa France-za strip membership, he grew to become an apprentice of its comic Senzaburo Fukami and ultimately the theater’s MC.[5][6]

Comedy profession and success

Within the 1970s, he fashioned a comedy duo along with his buddy Nirō Kaneko (additionally known as Kiyoshi Kaneko). They took on the stage names Beat Takeshi and Beat Kiyoshi; collectively referring to themselves as Two Beat (ツービート, Tsū Bīto, typically romanized as “The Two Beats”). This form of duo comedy, often known as manzai in Japan, normally options quite a lot of high-speed back-and-forth banter between the 2 performers. Kiyoshi performed the straight man (tsukkomi) in opposition to Takeshi’s humorous man (boke). In 1976, they carried out on tv for the primary time and have become successful, propelling their act onto the nationwide stage. The rationale for his or her reputation had a lot to do with Kitano’s materials, which was way more risqué than conventional manzai. The targets of his jokes had been usually the socially susceptible, together with the aged, the handicapped, the poor, youngsters, girls, the ugly and the silly. Complaints to the broadcaster led to censorship of a few of Kitano’s jokes and the enhancing of offensive dialogue. Kitano confirmed in a video interview that he was forbidden to entry the NHK studios for 5 years for having uncovered his physique throughout a present when it was completely forbidden.[7]

Though Two Beat was probably the most profitable acts of its sort in the course of the late 1970s and early 1980s, Kitano determined to go solo and the duo was dissolved. Along with Sanma Akashiya and Tamori, Kitano is alleged to be one of many “Huge Three” tv comedians (owarai tarento) of Japan.[8] Some autobiographical components regarding his manzai profession could be present in his 1996 movie Youngsters Return. Beat Kiyoshi has a bit half in Kitano’s 1999 movie Kikujiro, as “Man on the Bus Cease”. Kitano had additionally develop into a well-liked tv host. Takeshi’s Citadel was a recreation present hosted by Kitano within the 1980s, that includes slapstick-style bodily contests. It was broadcast years later in the US underneath the title Most Excessive Elimination Problem, with Takeshi renamed “Vic Romano”.

A lot of Kitano’s routines concerned him portraying a gangster or different harsh characters. Kitano mentioned that after taking part in comedy golf equipment he can be invited to drink with yakuza, who would inform him tales concerning the massive crime bosses.[4] His first main movie position in Nagisa Oshima’s Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (forged as a troublesome POW camp sergeant throughout World Struggle II reverse Tom Conti, Ryuichi Sakamoto and David Bowie).[3] Kitano mentioned that he was joyful along with his efficiency and snuck right into a displaying of the movie to see how the viewers would settle for him as a critical actor as an alternative of a comic. He was devastated when the viewers burst into laughter upon his showing on display screen, however vowed to stay to critical and darkish characters in movie.[4][9]

In 1986, Kitano labored on the Household Pc online game Takeshi no Chōsenjō (translated as Takeshi’s Problem), as a advisor and partial designer. He was the primary Japanese movie star to actively contribute to the event of a online game and starred in a number of commercials selling its launch. Because of the title’s problem and complicated gameplay mechanics, it was positioned first in Famitsu journal’s kusoge (shit recreation) rating, and is sometimes called one of many worst video video games of all time. Takeshi no Chōsenjō and its growth was later the topic of the primary episode of GameCenter CX, a gaming selection present hosted by Osaka comic Shinya Arino.

In 1988, he revealed a memoir, Asakusa Child.[10] He has additionally revealed a variety of novels and different books which have been translated into French. After a number of different performing roles, principally comedic, in 1989 he was forged because the lead in Violent Cop. When director Kinji Fukasaku stepped down over scheduling conflicts with Kitano, on account of Kitano’s TV commitments, the distributor prompt the comic direct it at his personal tempo.[4] He additionally rewrote the script closely, and this marked the start of Kitano’s profession as a filmmaker.

1990–2000: Movie recognition

Kitano accepting the Golden Lion Award in 1997 for his movie Hana-bi.

Kitano’s second movie as director and first as screenwriter was Boiling Level (3-4X10 October) launched in 1990.[3]Mark Schilling cited it because the movie through which Kitano outlined his model with lengthy takes, minimal digicam motion, transient dialogue, sly humor, and sudden violence.[5]

Kitano’s third movie, A Scene on the Sea, was launched in 1991. It follows a deaf rubbish collector who is set to learn to surf after discovering a damaged surfboard. Kitano’s extra delicate, romantic aspect got here to the fore right here, alongside along with his trademark deadpan method. The movie garnered quite a few nominations and awards, together with Finest Movie on the prestigious Blue Ribbon Awards.[11] It additionally began a long-running collaboration with composer Joe Hisaishi, which might final till 2002.

Though 1993’s Sonatine did poorly in Japan, it obtained rave opinions in Europe when it was proven on the 1993 Cannes Movie Competition.[5] Kitano performs a Tokyo yakuza who is distributed by his boss to Okinawa to assist finish a gang struggle there. He’s uninterested in gangster life, and when he finds out the entire mission is a ruse, he welcomes what comes with open arms. All 4 of his movies had been screened on the 1994 London Movie Competition.

In August 1994, Kitano was concerned in a motorscooter accident and suffered accidents that brought on partial paralysis of the right-side of his face. As reported by Dan Edwards, Kitano later mentioned that the accident was an “unconscious suicide try”.[12] Kitano made Youngsters Return in 1996, quickly after his restoration.

The 1995 launch of Getting Any? (Minna Yatteruka!), which was filmed earlier than the accident, confirmed Kitano returning to his comedy roots. This Airplane!-like assemblage of comedic scenes, all centering loosely round a Walter Mitty-type character making an attempt to have intercourse in a automotive, met with little acclaim in Japan. A lot of the movie satirizes common Japanese tradition, akin to Ultraman or Godzilla and even the Zatoichi character that Kitano himself would go on to play eight years later. That yr Kitano additionally appeared within the movie adaptation of William Gibson’s 1995 Johnny Mnemonic, credited by the mononym “Takeshi”,[13] though his on-screen time was drastically decreased for the American minimize of the movie.

After his motorscooter accident, Kitano took up portray. His work have been revealed in books, featured in gallery exhibitions, and adorn the covers of most of the soundtrack albums for his movies. His work had been featured prominently in his most critically acclaimed movie, 1997’s Hana-bi. Though for years already Kitano’s largest viewers had been the overseas arthouse crowd, Hana-bi cemented his standing internationally as one in every of Japan’s foremost trendy filmmakers. Though it was not a giant success financially,[14] it gained the Golden Lion award on the 1997 Venice Movie Competition.[5] Kitano himself mentioned it was not till he gained this award that he was accepted as a critical director in Japan; prior his movies had been checked out as simply the interest of a well-known comic.[9]

Amongst his most important performing roles had been Nagisa Oshima’s 1999 movie Taboo, through which he performed Captain Hijikata Toshizo of the Shinsengumi. Kikujiro, launched in 1999 and named after his father, was a semi-comedy that includes Kitano as a ne’er-do-well criminal who winds up paired up with a younger boy searching for his mom, and goes on a collection of misadventures with him.

He hosted Koko ga Hen da yo Nihonjin (English translation, This does not make sense, Japanese folks!) which was a Japanese TV present that was broadcast weekly from 1998 to 2002, a chat present on which a big panel of Japanese-speaking foreigners from all over the world debate present points in Japanese society. He at the moment hosts Unbelievable, which was relaunched in 2001, and the weekly tv program Beat Takeshi’s TV Sort out. TV Sort out is a type of panel dialogue amongst entertainers and politicians concerning controversial present occasions. One other of his reveals is Sekai Marumie TV (“The World Uncovered”), a weekly assortment of assorted attention-grabbing video clips from all over the world, usually specializing in the bizarre points of different international locations. On this present, he performs a childlike fool, insulting the visitors, and normally showing carrying unusual costumes in the course of the present.


Kitano performed a equally named character within the 2000 controversial Japanese blockbuster Battle Royale, which takes place in a future through which a gaggle of youngsters are randomly chosen annually to get rid of one another on a abandoned island.

His 2000 movie Brother was intentionally supposed to be successful overseas. Shot in Los Angeles, it starred Kitano as a deposed and exiled Tokyo yakuza establishing a drug empire in Los Angeles with assistance from a neighborhood gangster performed by Omar Epps. Nevertheless, the movie met with tepid worldwide response. Though in Japan it did higher financially than Hana-bi.[14]Dolls in 2002 had Kitano directing however not starring in a romantic drama with three totally different tales about timeless love, and was loosely primarily based on a bunraku play.[5]

Following the disappointing response to the movie Brother and the movie Dolls, Kitano obtained a sequence of unsympathetic opinions from the press in the US. Criticism was much less extreme in Europe and Asia although many commentators weren’t as lavish with their reward as that they had been along with his earlier movies. 2003’s Zatōichi, directed by and starring Kitano, silenced many of those dissenters. With a brand new tackle the character from Shintaro Katsu’s long-running movie and TV collection, Zatōichi was Kitano’s largest field workplace success in Japan,[14] did fairly nicely in restricted launch internationally, and gained numerous awards at house and overseas, together with the Silver Lion award on the Venice Movie Competition. Kitano revealed that he was approached by others to create the movie and subsequently differed from his personal methods and adopted the frequent filmmaking course of as a way to please them and make a pure-entertainment movie.[9]

From April 2005 to 2008, Kitano was an teacher on the Graduate College of Visible Arts, Tokyo College of the Arts.

Kitano’s movie, Takeshis’ was launched in Japan in November 2005, as the primary installment in his surrealist autobiographical collection. This was adopted in 2007, by his second surrealist autobiographical movie Glory to the Filmmaker! (showing as Beat Takeshi), and a 3rd in 2008, titled Achilles and the Tortoise. In between these movies, Kitano appeared in a variety of different tv initiatives and smaller initiatives. In 2007 he appeared in Dots and Strains (a TV mini-series) as Jūtarō Torikai. Additionally in 2007, Kitano appeared in To Every His Personal Cinema because the projectionist (within the phase “Rencontre distinctive”) as Beat Takeshi, and within the TV film Wada Akiko Satsujin Jiken. In 2008, he did the voice-over in The Monster X Strikes Again: Assault the G8 Summit, for Take-Majin, a heroic monster primarily based on Kitano.

In 2010, the Fondation Cartier pour l’artwork contemporain in Paris held a one-man present displaying his work and installations.[15] A room within the basement performed a 12-hour loop of his work as a TV host.

Kitano’s 2010 movie Outrage was screened on the 2010 Cannes Movie Competition.[16] He admitted he tried one thing totally different for Outrage by including plenty of dialogue, stepping again as the primary character to make an ensemble piece, and having the texture of a nature documentary watching the characters kill one another.[17] A sequel, 2012’s Outrage Past, was screened in competitors on the 69th Venice Worldwide Movie Competition.[18] He additionally appeared in Yasuo Furuhata’s 2012 movie, Dearest.[19] In September 2012, Takeshi Kitano mentioned that the producers wished him to make a 3rd Outrage movie relying on the field workplace.[20] On 7 March 2013, Minkei Information of Hong Kong reported that Kitano gained the Finest Director award for Outrage Past on the seventh Asian Movie Awards in Hong Kong.

On 10 August 2013, in an interview reported by John Bleasdale, Kitano revealed his present plans for a sequel to Outrage Past and an untitled private movie undertaking.[21] As Kitano acknowledged, “Ideally what would occur can be this: Outrage Past turns into an enormous hit, so enormous that my producer permits me to make one movie I actually need to do after which come again to the sequel after I’ve made the movie I actually need to do.”[citation needed]

In September 2015, it was introduced that Kitano can be contributing his voice and likeness to the character Toru Hirose within the SEGA online game Yakuza 6: The Music of Life.[22] This collaboration marked Kitano’s first involvement with the online game business in 30 years because the 1986 launch of Takeshi no Chōsenjō.

Takeshi co-starred within the reside motion adaptation of the manga Ghost within the Shell, marking his return to American cinema almost twenty years after Johnny Mnemonic in 1995.[23] Though he has expressed his dislike of anime and manga previously, he accepted the position as a result of “though this trendy piece of leisure is completely totally different from the movies I’ve directed, I believed it was attention-grabbing that Aramaki, the position I play, is a personality who provides off a peculiar vibe and, in varied episodes, is ready on the core of the characters’ relationships. I am wanting ahead to see how the film seems.”[24]

In 2017, Kitano launched the third and closing installment within the profitable Outrage collection titled Outrage Coda.[1]


Kitano gained the Golden Lion award on the 54th Venice Worldwide Movie Competition in 1997 for his movie Hana-bi. In 2008, on the 30th Moscow Worldwide Movie Competition, Kitano was given the Lifetime Achievement Award.[25] In March 2010 Kitano was named a Commander of the Order of the Arts and Letters of France.[26]


Workplace Kitano (株式会社オフィス北野, Kabushiki-Gaisha Ofisu Kitano) is a Japanese expertise administration and movie manufacturing firm based and managed by Takeshi Kitano. It launched the Tokyo Filmex in 2000.



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As actor


  • Thousand Stars and One Evening (1980–1981)
  • The Manzai (1980–1982)
  • Oretachi Hyōkin-zoku (1981–1989)
  • Bakumatsu Seishun Graffiti: Sakamoto Ryōma (1982), Yamauchi Yōdō
  • Waratte Pon! (1983)
  • Tremendous Jockey (1983–1999)
  • Sports activities Taisho (1985–1990)
  • Owarai Extremely Quiz (1989–1996, 2007)
  • Genki TV (1985–1996)
  • Takeshi’s Citadel (1986–1989)
  • TV Sort out (1989–current)
  • Heisei Board of Schooling (1991–1997)
  • Daredemo Picasso (1997–current)
  • Kiseki Taiken! Anbiribabō (1997–current)
  • Koko ga Hen da yo Nihonjin (1998–2002)
  • Musashi (2003)
  • Fuji Tv midnight broadcasting collection (1991–current)
Kitano Fan Membership
Kitano Fuji
Adachi-ku no Takeshi, Sekai no Kitano
Saitoh Singu-ten
Kitano Expertise Meikan
Takeshi Kitano presents Comăneci College Arithmetic[27]
  • Aka Medaka (2015)
  • Hagoku (2017)
  • Idaten (2019), Kokontei Shinshō V
  • Two Homelands (2019), Hideki Tojo
  • The Forgotten Military – Azaadi ke liye (1 episode) (2020)


  • All Evening Nippon by Beat Takeshi (1981–1990)
  • Beatnik Radio (1997–2000)
  • Beat Takeshi’s literary night time discuss (NRN)
  • Worldwide males’s friendship e-book present


  • Gerow, Aaron (2007). Kitano Takeshi. British Movie Institute. ISBN 1-84457-166-1.
  • Abe, Casio (2005). Beat Takeshi vs. Takeshi Kitano. Kaya Press. ISBN 1-885030-40-1.
  • Kitano, Takeshi (1988). Asakusa Child. Japan: Shincho-Sha.
  • Kitano, Takeshi (1998). Asakusa Child. Paris: Motifs. ISBN 2842612795.
  • Kitano, Takeshi (2003). Rencontres du Septième Artwork. Arléa. ISBN 2869596197.
  • Kitano, Takeshi (2005). Naissance d’un Gourou. Editions Denoël. ISBN 2207254917.
  • Kitano, Takeshi (2008). La Vie en gris et rose. Philippe Picquier. ISBN 2809700222.
  • Kitano, Takeshi (2012). Boy. Wombat. ISBN 2919186132.

Video video games

As designer

As actor


  1. ^ a b Tomita, Hidetsugu (Three December 2016). “Finale from Outrage”. GQ Japan.
  2. ^ Kirkup, James (23 November 1998). “Obituaries: Nagaharu Yodogawa”. The Unbiased. Retrieved 19 July 2009.
  3. ^ a b c “Archived copy” (in Russian). Archived from the unique on four October 2013. Retrieved 2 October 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (hyperlink)
  4. ^ a b c d e Beat” Takeshi: The Hollywood Flashback Interview”. thehollywoodinterview.blogspot.com. 26 July 2008. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d e Schilling, Mark (2003). The Yakuza Film E-book : A Information to Japanese Gangster Movies. Stone Bridge Press. pp. 73–76. ISBN 1-880656-76-0. Archived from the unique on 17 October 2007.
  6. ^ “Asakusa’s resilience rubs off on France-za theater, cradle of postwar popular culture”. Japan Occasions. 19 November 2015. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  7. ^ Getting Any? DVD revealed by Cheyenne Movies EDV1040, France, 2003
  8. ^ “Sanma, Tamori, Takeshi to co-host NTV comedy specials”. Japan At present. four November 2008. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  9. ^ a b c “Takeshi Kitano Interview”. The A.V. Membership. 11 August 2004. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  10. ^ http://ecx.images-amazon.com/photos/I/51hPQ9AJr5L.jpg
  11. ^ “A Scene on the Sea (1991) – Awards”. Retrieved 5 February 2012.
  12. ^ Kitano quoted in Lee Server, Asian Pop Cinema, op. cit., p. 82 or see additionally Article in Senses of Cinema
  13. ^ “Johnny Mnemonic (1995)”. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  14. ^ a b c “Midnight Eye interview: Takeshi Kitano”. midnighteye.com. 5 November 2003. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  15. ^ Williams, Eliza (17 March 2010). “Inventive Evaluation – Beat Takeshi Kitano at Fondation Cartier”. Inventive Evaluation. Archived from the unique on 29 April 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
  16. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (17 Could 2010). “Cannes movie competition: Countdown to Zero, The Housemaid, A Screaming Man and Outrage”. The Guardian.
  17. ^ “Outrage: Interview with Takeshi Kitano”. Electrical Sheep Journal. 6 December 2011. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  18. ^ Chang, Justin (2 September 2012). “Outrage Past”. Selection.
  19. ^ Sheib, Ronnie (17 September 2012). “Dearest”. Selection.
  20. ^ Macnab, Geoffrey (5 September 2012). “Takeshi Kitano considers making a 3rd Outrage film”. Display screen Every day. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  21. ^ Bleasdale, John (2013). “Yakuza Video games,” Cinespect, 10 August 2013.
  22. ^ Martin, Michael. “First Take a look at PS4 Unique Yakuza 6”. IGN. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  23. ^ “Beat Takeshi to Star in Scarlett Johansson’s “Ghost within the Shell“. Selection. Three March 2016. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  24. ^ “Hollywood Ghost within the Shell Film Lastly Will get a Japanese Actor: Beat Takeshi”. Kotaku. Three March 2016. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  25. ^ “30th Moscow Worldwide Movie Competition (2008)”. MIFF. Archived from the unique on Three April 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  26. ^ “Kitano awarded French arts honor”. Japan Occasions. 11 March 2010. Retrieved 6 June 2010.
  27. ^ “35th Worldwide Emmy Awards nominees”.

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