Beat Takeshi

Takeshi Kitano

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  • First Name: Takeshi
  • Family Name: Kitano
  • Native name: 北野武
  • Also Known as: Bito Takeshi;Biito Takeshi;ビートたけし
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: January 18, 1947
  • Age: 72

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Takeshi Kitano

Beat Takeshi

  • Name: Beat Takeshi
  • Native name: 北野武
  • Given name: Kitano Takeshi
  • Also Known as: Bito Takeshi;Biito Takeshi;ビートたけし
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: January 18, 1947
  • Age: 72
Takeshi Kitano is a Japanese comedian, television personality, director, actor, author, and screenwriter. While he is known primarily as a comedian and TV host in his native Japan, abroad he is known almost entirely for his filmwork. 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). But he was not accepted as a director in Japan until Hana-bi won the Golden Lion in 1997. In December 2016, it was announced that Kitano's first crime trilogy for the Outrage series would be completed in 2017 with Outrage: Final Chapter in post-production as of April 2017.

He has received critical acclaim for his idiosyncratic cinematic work, winning numerous awards with Japanese film critic Nagaharu Yodogawa having once dubbed him "the true successor" to influential filmmaker Akira Kurosawa. Many of Kitano's 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.
Screenwriter
Year Title Type Rating
2007 Kikujiro and Saki 3
Drama
0.0
2005 Kikujiro and Saki 2
Drama
0.0
2003 Kikujiro and Saki
Drama
0.0
2002 Asakusa Kid
Movie
0.0
2001 Kikujiro and Saki SP
Special
0.0
1993 Many Happy Returns
Movie
0.0
Director
Year Title Type Rating
2017 Outrage: Final Chapter
Movie
7.8
2015 Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen
Movie
7.4
2012 Outrage Beyond
Movie
7.4
2010 Outrage
Movie
7.6
2008 Achilles and the Tortoise
Movie
7.4
2007 Glory to the Filmmaker!
Movie
7.2
2005 Takeshis'
Movie
6.6
2003 Zatoichi
Movie
7.7
2002 Dolls
Movie
7.5
2001 Brother
Movie
7.7
1999 Kikujiro
Movie
8.2
1997 Hana-bi
Movie
8.0
1996 Kids Return
Movie
7.8
1994 Getting Any?
Movie
7.0
1993 Sonatine
Movie
7.7
1991 A Scene at the Sea
Movie
7.7
1990 Boiling Point
Movie
7.2
1989 Violent Cop
Movie
7.5
Drama
Year Title # Role Rating
2019 Idaten
Japanese Drama, 2019, 47 eps
Kokontei Shinshō (Main Role)
47
Kokontei Shinshō
Main Role
8.9
2010 Kenji Onijima Heihachiro
Japanese Drama, 2010, 7 eps
Masachika Ando (Support Role)
7
Masachika Ando
Support Role
0.0
2009 Kochikame
Japanese Drama, 2009, 8 eps
Kitano, ep. 1 (Guest Role)
8
Kitano, ep. 1
Guest Role
6.1
2003 Musashi
Japanese Drama, 2003, 49 eps
Shinmen Munisai (Support Role)
49
Shinmen Munisai
Support Role
7.6
Movie
Year Title Role Rating
2017 Outrage: Final Chapter
Japanese Movie, 2017,
Otomo (Main Role)
Otomo
Main Role
7.8
2016 While the Women Are Sleeping
Japanese Movie, 2016,
Sawara (Main Role)
Sawara
Main Role
6.3
2016 A Living Promise
Japanese Movie, 2016,
Detective Koichiro Iwase (Support Role)
Detective Koichiro Iwase
Support Role
7.4
2015 MOZU
Japanese Movie, 2015,
Daruma (Support Role)
Daruma
Support Role
7.8
2015 Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen
Japanese Movie, 2015,
Detective Murakami (Support Role)
Detective Murakami
Support Role
7.4
2012 Outrage Beyond
Japanese Movie, 2012,
Otome (Main Role)
Otome
Main Role
7.4
2010 Outrage
Japanese Movie, 2010,
Ôtomo (Main Role)
Ôtomo
Main Role
7.6
2008 Achilles and the Tortoise
Japanese Movie, 2008,
Machisu Kuramochi (Main Role)
Machisu Kuramochi
Main Role
7.4
2007 Glory to the Filmmaker!
Japanese Movie, 2007,
Beat Takeshi (Main Role)
Beat Takeshi
Main Role
7.2
2005 Takeshis'
Japanese Movie, 2005,
Beat Takeshi / Mr. Kitano (Main Role)
Beat Takeshi / Mr. Kitano
Main Role
6.6
2004 Blood and Bones
Japanese Movie, 2004,
Kim Joon Pyong (Shunpei) (Main Role)
Kim Joon Pyong (Shunpei)
Main Role
6.6
2004 Izo
Japanese Movie, 2004,
(Support Role)
Support Role
5.3
2003 Zatoichi
Japanese Movie, 2003,
Zatoichi (Main Role)
Zatoichi
Main Role
7.7
2003 Battle Royale II: Requiem
Japanese Movie, 2003,
Kitano (Support Role)
Kitano
Support Role
6.4
2001 Brother
Japanese Movie, 2001,
Aniki Yamamoto (Main Role)
Aniki Yamamoto
Main Role
7.7
2000 Battle Royale
Japanese Movie, 2000,
Kitano (Main Role)
Kitano
Main Role
8.0
1999 Taboo
Japanese Movie, 1999,
Captain Toshizo Hijikata (Support Role)
Captain Toshizo Hijikata
Support Role
7.0
1999 Kikujiro
Japanese Movie, 1999,
Kikujiro (Main Role)
Kikujiro
Main Role
8.2
1998 Tokyo Eyes
Japanese Movie, 1998,
(Support Role)
Support Role
7.0
1997 Hana-bi
Japanese Movie, 1997,
Nishi (Main Role)
Nishi
Main Role
8.0
1995 Gonin
Japanese Movie, 1995,
Ichiro Kyoya (Support Role)
Ichiro Kyoya
Support Role
7.6
1994 Getting Any?
Japanese Movie, 1994,
Scientist (Support Role)
Scientist
Support Role
7.0
1993 Many Happy Returns
Japanese Movie, 1993,
Daisuke Shiba (Main Role)
Daisuke Shiba
Main Role
0.0
1993 Sonatine
Japanese Movie, 1993,
Aniki Murakawa (Main Role)
Aniki Murakawa
Main Role
7.7
1990 Boiling Point
Japanese Movie, 1990,
Uehara (Main Role)
Uehara
Main Role
7.2
1989 Violent Cop
Japanese Movie, 1989,
Azuma (Main Role)
Azuma
Main Role
7.5
1986 Comic Magazine
Japanese Movie, 1986,
Yakuza (Main Role)
Yakuza
Main Role
7.5
1983 Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence
Japanese Movie, 1983,
(Main Role)
Main Role
8.3
1969 Go, Go, Second Time Virgin
Japanese Movie, 1969,
(Support Role)
Support Role
6.2
Special
Year Title # Role Rating
2017 Hagoku
Japanese Special, 2017, 1 eps
Urata Susumu (Main Role)
1
Urata Susumu
Main Role
7.6
2016 Doctor-X: Gekai Daimon Michiko
Japanese Special, 2016, 1 eps
Kurosu Kantaro (Support Role)
1
Kurosu Kantaro
Support Role
8.3
2015 Aka Medaka
Japanese Special, 2015, 1 eps
Tatekawa Danshi (Main Role)
1
Tatekawa Danshi
Main Role
7.9
2014 Kuroi Fukuin
Japanese Special, 2014, 1 eps
Detective Rokuro Fujisawa (Main Role)
1
Detective Rokuro Fujisawa
Main Role
6.6
2010 Kikoku
Japanese Special, 2010, 1 eps
private first class Oomiya (Main Role)
1
private first class Oomiya
Main Role
6.7
2008 Ano Senso wa Nan Datta no ka
Japanese Special, 2008, 1 eps
Hideki Tojo (Main Role)
1
Hideki Tojo
Main Role
0.0
2007 Ten to Sen
Japanese Special, 2007, 2 eps
Torikai Jutaro (Main Role)
2
Torikai Jutaro
Main Role
7.0
2002 Akechi Kogorou Vs The Fiend With Twenty Faces
Japanese Special, 2002, 1 eps
Kaijin Nijuumensou (Main Role)
1
Kaijin Nijuumensou
Main Role
7.7
TV Show
Year Title # Role Rating
2008 Shabekuri 007
Japanese TV Show, 2008, 0 eps
(Guest)
0
Guest
8.8
1986 Takeshi's Castle
Japanese TV Show, 1986, 133 eps
Count Takeshi (Main Host)
133
Count Takeshi
Main Host
8.8
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