Takeshi Kitano

Takeshi Kitano

Highest Rated: 100% Tokyo Eyes (1998)

Lowest Rated: 13% Johnny Mnemonic (1995)

Birthday: Jan 18, 1947

Birthplace: Adachi, Tokyo

"Beat" Takeshi Kitano is widely considered to be Japan's foremost media personality. In addition to his work in the film industry he is an active newspaper columnist, an author and poet, and a ubiquitous presence on Japanese television where he can be seen in up to eight prime time shows per week.Kitano first found fame, as well as his "Beat" nickname, in the early '70s as one-half of the manzai comedy duo The Two Beats, a fast-paced, cross-talk act that thrilled audiences with their off-color humor and satirical bite. Throughout the early '80s, Kitano acted in a number of films, most memorably in Nagisa Oshima's Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983). He portrayed Sgt. Hara, the jailer of a concentration camp, with a mixture of brutality and pathos, a characterization he would repeat in his later self-directed efforts.In 1989 Kitano added another facet to his career -- serious film director. He was set to star in a police thriller that was to be directed by gangster film veteran Kinji Fukasaku. When Fukasaku had to leave the film, the film's producers offered Kitano the directing chores. He reworked the script and the result was Violent Cop, a deliriously violent masterpiece that brought him recognition in the international film community. With this film Kitano would introduce his lean directorial style, punctuated by long takes, minimal dialogue, and stark compositions. He would also develop what has become the archetype Kitano persona, the taciturn but oddly likable antihero who is just as likely to speak with his fists as with his voice. This uneasy mix of playful comedy and savage violence would become a trademark in his later crime epics, Boiling Point (1990), Sonatine (1993), and Hana-bi ( winner of the 1997 Venice Film Festival Golden Lion).Kitano isn't only known for his crime films. In between, he's found the time to make a light drama about a deaf-mute garbage collector who learns to surf (Scene By the Sea [1991]), a slapstick comedy that mercilessly satirizes Japanese culture (Getting Any? [1995]), and a coming-of-age tale about two high school dropouts (Kids Return [1996]).Kitano's directing career almost ended on August 2, 1994, when he was involved in a near-fatal motorbike accident. Suffering multiple head injuries, he was hospitalized for nearly six weeks and had to endure further months of physical therapy. During his recovery period Kitano played a small role in Takashi Ishii's Gonin (1995), where his hitman character sports a patch over his right eye, a real-life remnant of his brush with death.Though international release of his previous films found positive critical notice but lukewarm response from mainstream American audiences, the year 2000 found Kitano on the verge of Hollywood success with the release of Brother, Kitano's first international co-production teaming the Japanese auteur with an English speaking cast. The tale of an exiled Japanese yakuza who stakes his claim in the unfamiliar world of Los Angeles, Brother attempted to bring Kitano's trademarked stark violence and subtle humor to a new audience in pairing Kitano with popular American actor Omar Epps.


Highest Rated Movies



44% Ghost in the Shell Actor $40.6M 2017
60% Outrage Coda Otomo Director Screenwriter 2017
50% Beyond Outrage Screenwriter Director Otomo 2014
No Score Yet Kyôso tanjô Actor Screenwriter 2014
80% Outrage Otomo Screenwriter Director $30.1K 2011
No Score Yet Kids Return (Kizzu ritan) Director Screenwriter 2011
No Score Yet Getting Any? (Minna-yatteruka!) Director Screenwriter 2011
No Score Yet Girara no gyakushû: Tôya-ko Samitto kikiippatsu (Monster X Strikes Back: Attack at the G8 Summit) Actor 2008
No Score Yet Achilles to kame (Achilles and the Tortoise) Screenwriter Director Actor 2008
No Score Yet Kantoku - Banzai! (Glory to the Filmmaker!) Actor Director Screenwriter 2007
40% Takeshis' Beat Takeshi Director 2005
No Score Yet Chi to hone (Blood and Bones) Kim Sun-pei 2004
55% Arakimentari Actor 2004
87% Zatôichi (The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi) Zatôichi/Ichi Screenwriter Director $0.6M 2003
No Score Yet Parasite Dolls Screenwriter 2003
30% Battle Royale II Takeshi 2003
74% Dolls Screenwriter Director 2002
47% Brother Yamamoto Director Screenwriter 2001
71% Taboo Captain Toshizo Hijikata 2000
61% Kikujiro Kikujiro Screenwriter Director 2000
87% Battle Royale Kitano 2000
100% Tokyo Eyes Yakusa 1998
96% Fireworks (Hana-bi) Director 1997
100% Kids Return Director Screenwriter 1996
83% Gonin (The Five) Actor 1995
13% Johnny Mnemonic Takahashi 1995
No Score Yet Minnâ-yatteruka! (Getting Any?) Director Scientist Screenwriter 1995
88% Sonatine Screenwriter Director Murakawa 1993
No Score Yet Erotikkuna kankei (Erotic Liaisons) Actor 1992
No Score Yet Ano natsu, ichiban shizukana umi (A Scene at the Sea) Screenwriter Director 1991
94% 3-4x juugatsu (Boiling Point) Screenwriter Director Uehara 1990
83% Violent Cop (Sono otoko, kyôbô ni tsuki) Director Azuma 1989
No Score Yet Komikku zasshi nanka iranai! (Comic Magazine) Yakuza killer 1987
81% Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence Sgt. Gengo Hara 1983
No Score Yet Jam session - Kikujiro no natsu koshiki kaizokuban (Jam Session) Actor
No Score Yet Asakusa Kid Screenwriter


Kitano says: Life is a game. So fight for survival...and find out if you're worth it.

Kitano says: If you hate someone, you take the consequences.

Kitano says: The last one....Cookies sure were good.

Kitano says: The last one... Cookies sure were good.

Murakawa says: Indecent exposure is fun!

Kitano says: So today's lesson is, you kill each other off till there's only one left. Nothing's against the rules.

Ôtomo (as Beat Takeshi) says: Surrender?

Ôtomo (as Beat Takeshi) says: I risked my life for your orders! Now you take my turf?