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: 77
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. Edit Biography
Director
Year Title Type Rating
1989 Violent Cop
Movie
7.5
Screenwriter & Director
Year Title Type Rating
2023 Kubi
Movie
0.0
2017 Outrage: Final Chapter
Movie
7.5
2015 Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen
Movie
7.3
2012 Outrage Beyond
Movie
7.5
2010 Outrage
Movie
7.4
2008 Achilles and the Tortoise
Movie
7.2
2007 Glory to the Filmmaker!
Movie
7.0
2005 Takeshis'
Movie
6.8
2003 Zatoichi
Movie
7.6
2002 Dolls
Movie
7.5
2001 BROTHER
Movie
7.5
1999 Kikujiro
Movie
7.9
1997 Hana-Bi
Movie
7.8
1996 Kids Return
Movie
7.7
1994 Getting Any?
Movie
6.7
1993 Sonatine
Movie
7.7
1991 A Scene at the Sea
Movie
7.7
1990 Boiling Point
Movie
7.0
Original Creator
Year Title Type Rating
2023 Analog
Movie
7.9
2021 Asakusa Kid
Movie
7.7
2007 Kikujiro and Saki 3
Drama
6.0
2005 Kikujiro to Saki 2
Drama
8.0
2003 Kikujiro to Saki
Drama
7.0
2002 Asakusa Kid
Movie
7.0
2001 Kikujiro to saki Special
Special
6.0
1993 Many Happy Returns
Movie
6.8
1985 Takeshi Kun, Hai!
Drama
7.3
Drama
Year Title # Role Rating
2019 Two Homelands
Japanese Drama, 2019, 2 eps
Tojo Hideki (Guest Role)
2
Tojo Hideki
Guest Role
7.9
2019 Idaten
Japanese Drama, 2019, 47 eps
Kokontei Shinshō (Main Role)
47
Main Role
8.1
2010 Kenji Onijima Heihachiro
Japanese Drama, 2010, 7 eps
Ando Masachika (Support Role)
7
Ando Masachika
Support Role
7.0
2009 Kochikame
Japanese Drama, 2009, 8 eps
Kitano (Ep. 1) (Guest Role)
8
Kitano (Ep. 1)
Guest Role
6.7
2003 Musashi
Japanese Drama, 2003, 49 eps
Shinmen Munisai (Ep. 1) (Guest Role)
49
Shinmen Munisai (Ep. 1)
Guest Role
7.6
1990 Haguregumo
Japanese Drama, 1990, 25 eps
Kumo (Main Role)
25
Kumo
Main Role
0.0
1989 Beat Takeshi Satsujin Jiken
Japanese Drama, 1989, 4 eps
(Main Role)
4
Main Role
0.0
1980 Seishunshokun! Natsu
Japanese Drama, 1980, 25 eps
[Surveyor | Inspector] (Ep. 19) (Guest Role)
25
[Surveyor | Inspector] (Ep. 19)
Guest Role
0.0
Movie
Year Title Role Rating
2024 In Your Blood: Hoki Naiden
Japanese Movie, 2024,
Ashiya Ryosuke (Main Role)
Ashiya Ryosuke
Main Role
0.0
2023 Kubi
Japanese Movie, 2023,
Hashiba Hideyoshi (Main Role)
Hashiba Hideyoshi
Main Role
0.0
2017 Outrage: Final Chapter
Japanese Movie, 2017,
Otomo (Main Role)
Main Role
7.5
2016 While the Women Are Sleeping
Japanese Movie, 2016,
Sawara (Main Role)
Main Role
6.2
2016 A Living Promise
Japanese Movie, 2016,
Detective Iwase Koichiro (Support Role)
Detective Iwase Koichiro
Support Role
7.1
2015 MOZU
Japanese Movie, 2015,
Daruma (Support Role)
Daruma
Support Role
7.4
2015 Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen
Japanese Movie, 2015,
Murakami [detective] (Support Role)
Murakami [detective]
Support Role
7.3
2012 Outrage Beyond
Japanese Movie, 2012,
Otome (Main Role)
Main Role
7.5
2012 Dearest
Japanese Movie, 2012,
Sugino Teruo (Support Role)
Sugino Teruo
Support Role
7.4
2010 Outrage
Japanese Movie, 2010,
Otomo (Main Role)
Otomo
Main Role
7.4
2008 Achilles and the Tortoise
Japanese Movie, 2008,
Machisu Kuramochi (Main Role)
Main Role
7.2
2008 The Monster X Strikes Back/Attack the G8 Summit
Japanese Movie, 2008,
Take-Majin (Support Role)
Take-Majin
Support Role
6.1
2007 Glory to the Filmmaker!
Japanese Movie, 2007,
Beat Takeshi (Main Role)
Main Role
7.0
2005 Takeshis'
Japanese Movie, 2005,
Main Role
6.8
2004 Blood and Bones
Japanese Movie, 2004,
Kim Joon Pyong / Shunpei (Main Role)
Kim Joon Pyong / Shunpei
Main Role
6.9
2004 IZO
Japanese Movie, 2004,
(Support Role)
Support Role
6.3
2003 Zatoichi
Japanese Movie, 2003,
Zatoichi (Main Role)
Main Role
7.6
2003 Battle Royale II: Requiem
Japanese Movie, 2003,
Kitano [Shiori's father] (Bit part)
Kitano [Shiori's father]
Bit part
6.4
2001 BROTHER
Japanese Movie, 2001,
Aniki Yamamoto (Main Role)
Main Role
7.5
2000 Battle Royale
Japanese Movie, 2000,
Kitano [Teacher] (Main Role)
Kitano [Teacher]
Main Role
7.9
1999 Taboo
Japanese Movie, 1999,
Hijikata Toshizo [Captain] (Main Role)
Hijikata Toshizo [Captain]
Main Role
6.8
1999 Bodyguard of Naniwa
Japanese Movie, 1999,
(Guest Role)
Guest Role
1.0
1999 Kikujiro
Japanese Movie, 1999,
Kikujiro (Main Role)
Main Role
7.9
1998 Tokyo Eyes
Japanese Movie, 1998,
(Support Role)
Support Role
7.0
1997 Hana-Bi
Japanese Movie, 1997,
Nishi (Main Role)
Nishi
Main Role
7.8
1995 GONIN
Japanese Movie, 1995,
Kyoya Ichiro (Support Role)
Kyoya Ichiro
Support Role
7.4
1994 Getting Any?
Japanese Movie, 1994,
[Scientist] (Support Role)
[Scientist]
Support Role
6.7
1993 Many Happy Returns
Japanese Movie, 1993,
Daisuke Shiba (Main Role)
Main Role
6.8
1993 Sonatine
Japanese Movie, 1993,
Aniki Murakawa (Main Role)
Main Role
7.7
1992 Erotic Liaisons
Japanese Movie, 1992,
Okuyama (Support Role)
Okuyama
Support Role
0.0
1992 Legend of the Shura
Japanese Movie, 1992,
Kiichiro Yashiro (Guest Role)
Kiichiro Yashiro
Guest Role
8.0
1990 Zansatsu Seyo: Setsuna Kimono, Sore wa Ai
Japanese Movie, 1990,
(Unknown)
Unknown
6.0
1990 Boiling Point
Japanese Movie, 1990,
Uehara (Main Role)
Uehara
Main Role
7.0
1990 Hoshi o Tsugu Mono
Japanese Movie, 1990,
Yami no Hito (Main Role)
Yami no Hito
Main Role
5.0
1989 Violent Cop
Japanese Movie, 1989,
Azuma (Main Role)
Main Role
7.5
1988 The Boss Wife
Japanese Movie, 1988,
Sugimoto Shoji [Hitman] (Main Role)
Sugimoto Shoji [Hitman]
Main Role
7.0
1986 Comic Magazine
Japanese Movie, 1986,
[Yakuza] (Main Role)
[Yakuza]
Main Role
7.3
1985 Yasha
Japanese Movie, 1985,
Yajima (Support Role)
Yajima
Support Role
6.8
1985 Joke with a Sorrowful Heart
Japanese Movie, 1985,
Hiroshi Igarashi (Main Role)
Hiroshi Igarashi
Main Role
7.1
1983 Mosquito on the Tenth Floor
Japanese Movie, 1983,
[Man at Racehorse] (Support Role)
[Man at Racehorse]
Support Role
7.0
1983 Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence
Japanese Movie, 1983,
Hara (Main Role)
Main Role
8.0
1981 Sukkari... Sono Ki De!
Japanese Movie, 1981,
(Main Role)
Main Role
6.0
1981 Manon
Japanese Movie, 1981,
Shinobu (Support Role)
Shinobu
Support Role
2.0
1981 The Dump Truck Rascal
Japanese Movie, 1981,
Police 1 (Unknown)
Police 1
Unknown
4.0
1969 Go, Go, Second Time Virgin
Japanese Movie, 1969,
(Support Role)
Support Role
6.5
Special
Year Title # Role Rating
2017 Hagoku
Japanese Special, 2017, 1 eps
Urata Susumu (Main Role)
1
Main Role
7.7
2016 Doctor X 1: Gekai Daimon Michiko Special
Japanese Special, 2016, 1 eps
Kurosu Kantaro [Director, Kurosu Medical Center] (Support Role)
1
Kurosu Kantaro [Director, Kurosu Medical Center]
Support Role
8.0
2015 Aka Medaka
Japanese Special, 2015, 1 eps
Tatekawa Danshi (Main Role)
1
Main Role
7.6
2014 Kuroi Fukuin
Japanese Special, 2014, 1 eps
1
Main Role
6.7
2010 Kikoku
Japanese Special, 2010, 1 eps
1
Main Role
7.3
2008 Ano Senso wa Nan Datta no ka
Japanese Special, 2008, 1 eps
Hideki Tojo (Main Role)
1
Main Role
2.0
2007 Ten to Sen
Japanese Special, 2007, 2 eps
Torikai Jutaro (Main Role)
2
Main Role
7.0
2007 Wada Akiko Satsujin Jiken
Japanese Special, 2007, 1 eps
Himself (Guest Role)
1
Himself
Guest Role
4.0
2002 Akechi Kogorou Vs The Fiend With Twenty Faces
Japanese Special, 2002, 1 eps
Kaijin Nijuumensou (Main Role)
1
Main Role
7.6
2000 The Story of One Century
Japanese Special, 2000, 3 eps
Tokura Kosaku (Ep. 2) (Support Role)
3
Tokura Kosaku (Ep. 2)
Support Role
7.4
1993 Settoku Ehoba no Shonin to Yuketsu Kyohi Jiken
Japanese Special, 1993, 1 eps
(Main Role)
1
Main Role
0.0
1991 Kin no Senso
Japanese Special, 1991, 1 eps
Kwon Hyi Ro (Main Role)
1
Kwon Hyi Ro
Main Role
0.0
1990 Chushingura
Japanese Special, 1990, 1 eps
Oishi Kuranosuke (Main Role)
1
Oishi Kuranosuke
Main Role
4.0
1989 Beat Takeshi Satsujin Jiken
Japanese Special, 1989, 1 eps
(Main Role)
1
Main Role
0.0
1988 Otokotachi no Gekitotsu! Zenpen Kohen
Japanese Special, 1988, 2 eps
Tokizo (Main Role)
2
Tokizo
Main Role
0.0
1986 Koiko no Mainichi
Japanese Special, 1986, 1 eps
Hoshinaga (Support Role)
1
Hoshinaga
Support Role
8.0
1985 Jesus no Hakobune
Japanese Special, 1985, 1 eps
(Main Role)
1
Main Role
0.0
1983 Showa Shijuroku Nen
Japanese Special, 1983, 1 eps
Okubo Kiyoshi (Main Role)
1
Okubo Kiyoshi
Main Role
0.0
TV Show
Year Title # Role Rating
2023 Takeshi's Castle
Japanese TV Show, 2023, 8 eps
Count Takeshi (Regular Member)
8
Count Takeshi
Regular Member
7.5
2015 Kanjani Chronicle
Japanese TV Show, 2015, 236 eps
(Ep. SP5, SP7) (Guest)
236
(Ep. SP5, SP7)
Guest
8.0
2014 Takeshi's Duncan Idiot!!
Japanese TV Show, 2014, 1 eps
(Main Host)
1
Main Host
0.0
2012 No Laughing Enthusiastic Teachers
Japanese TV Show, 2012, 1 eps
(Guest)
1
Guest
8.6
2011 Nazotoki Battle TORE
Japanese TV Show, 2011, 54 eps
(Ep. 26, 52) (Guest)
54
(Ep. 26, 52)
Guest
0.0
2009 A-Studio+
Japanese TV Show, 2009, 810 eps
(Ep. 61) (Guest)
810
(Ep. 61)
Guest
10.0
2008 Shabekuri 007
Japanese TV Show, 2008, 600 eps
(Ep. 247, 331) (Guest)
600
(Ep. 247, 331)
Guest
8.3
2005 Oshareism
Japanese TV Show, 2005, 760 eps
(Ep. 104, 247) (Guest)
760
(Ep. 104, 247)
Guest
8.4
2004 Kitano Talent Meikan
Japanese TV Show, 2004, 84 eps
(Main Host)
84
Main Host
0.0
1998 Jounetsu Tairiku
Japanese TV Show, 1998, 1236 eps
(Ep. 7) {May 17, 1998} (Guest)
1236
(Ep. 7) {May 17, 1998}
Guest
8.0
1997 Tatagu no Takeshi, Sekai no Kitano
Japanese TV Show, 1997, 224 eps
(Main Host)
224
Main Host
0.0
1997 Shimbashi Music Hall
Japanese TV Show, 1997, 0 eps
(Main Host)
0
Main Host
0.0
1996 Kitano Fuji
Japanese TV Show, 1996, 75 eps
(Main Host)
75
Main Host
0.0
1993 How to Make Beat Takeshi
Japanese TV Show, 1993, 20 eps
(Main Host)
20
Main Host
0.0
1991 Kitano Fan Club
Japanese TV Show, 1991, 232 eps
[Host] (Main Host)
232
[Host]
Main Host
0.0
1989 Takeshi no Atama no Yoku Naru TV
Japanese TV Show, 1989, 54 eps
(Main Host)
54
Main Host
0.0
1989 Beat Takeshi's Laughter Ultra Quiz
Japanese TV Show, 1989, 20 eps
[Moderator] (Main Host)
20
[Moderator]
Main Host
0.0
1986 Takeshi's Castle
Japanese TV Show, 1986, 133 eps
Count Takeshi (Main Host)
133
Count Takeshi
Main Host
8.4
1985 A TV That Gives the Energy of the Genius Takeshi !!
Japanese TV Show, 1985, 408 eps
(Main Host)
408
Main Host
0.0
1984 Beat Takeshi no Gakumon Nosusume
Japanese TV Show, 1984, 12 eps
Natsume Hoseki (Main Host)
12
Natsume Hoseki
Main Host
0.0
1983 Super Jockey
Japanese TV Show, 1983, 721 eps
[Moderator] (Main Host)
721
[Moderator]
Main Host
0.0
1982 This Person Show
Japanese TV Show, 1982, 112 eps
(Ep. 59, 81) (Guest)
112
(Ep. 59, 81)
Guest
0.0
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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: 77

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