Takeshi Kitano

Takeshi Kitano

Highest Rated: 100% Kids Return (1996)

Lowest Rated: 12% Johnny Mnemonic (1995)

Birthday: Jan 18, 1947

Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Takeshi Kitano might not be a household name in North America, but with his Japanese legacy, he probably should be. Kitano's career spanned many decades and spread across different genres, styles, and mediums. He was part of a popular comedy duo in the 1970s and 1980s. He hosted a popular game show. He starred in, wrote, and directed numerous movies, ranging from hard-boiled and violent yakuza-focused ones to light-hearted surrealist comedies. Kitano lived through trials and tribulations, including a turbulent relationship (or lack thereof) with his father and a life-altering motorcycle accident in the mid-1990s, just when he reached international acclaim as a filmmaker. Kitano, or Beat Takeshi as he was known in his acting roles, had a lengthy resume, with some of the most acclaimed Japanese films ever made to his name. He was often seen as the successor to Akira Kurosawa, and sometimes even referred to as the Japanese Woody Allen. Whatever he was exactly, he was a rare breed.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
43% 51% Ghost in the Shell Aramaki (Character) $40.5M 2017
60% 66% Outrage Coda Otomo (Character),
Director,
Screenwriter,
Film Editor
- 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet While the Women Are Sleeping Sahara (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet 43% Dearest Teruo Sugino (Character) - 2012
50% 58% Outrage: Beyond Otomo (Character),
Director,
Screenwriter,
Film Editor
$3.6K 2012
80% 64% Outrage Ôtomo (Character),
Director,
Screenwriter
$44.4K 2010
No Score Yet 83% Achilles and the Tortoise Machisu Kuramochi (Character),
Director,
Screenwriter,
Film Editor
- 2008
No Score Yet 52% Glory to the Filmmaker! Unknown (Character),
Director,
Screenwriter
- 2007
40% 60% Takeshis' Beat Takeshi/Mr. Kitano (Character),
Director,
Screenwriter
- 2005
No Score Yet 72% Blood and Bones Kim Sun-pei (Character) - 2004
87% 88% Zatoichi Zatôichi / Ichi (Character),
Director
$853.7K 2003
30% 29% Battle Royale II: Requiem Kitano (Character) - 2003
74% 88% Dolls Director,
Writer,
Film Editor
$4.1K 2002
88% 89% Battle Royale Kitano-sensei (Character) - 2000
47% 79% Brother Yamamoto (Character),
Director,
Writer,
Film Editor
$447.8K 2000
61% 92% Kikujiro Kikujiro (Character),
Director,
Writer
$198.2K 1999
71% 71% Taboo Captain Toshizo Hijikata (Character) $133.9K 1999
96% 93% Fireworks Yoshitaka Nishi (Character),
Director,
Writer,
Film Editor
$413.5K 1997
100% 89% Kids Return Director,
Writer,
Film Editor
- 1996
83% 72% Gonin Ichiro Kyoya (Character) - 1995
12% 31% Johnny Mnemonic Takahashi (Character) $16.7M 1995
No Score Yet 60% Getting Any? Scientist (Character),
Director,
Writer
- 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kyoso Tanjo Daisuke Shiba (Character) - 1993
88% 89% Sonatine Aniki Murakawa (Character),
Director,
Writer,
Film Editor
$48K 1993
No Score Yet 85% A Scene at the Sea Director,
Writer
- 1992
94% 63% Boiling Point Uehara (Character),
Director,
Writer
$1.5K 1990
83% 80% Violent Cop Azuma (Character),
Director
$2K 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Anego Shoji Sugimoto, Hitman (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Comic Magazine Police (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Yasha Yajima (Character) - 1985
82% 79% Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence Sgt. Gengo Hara (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dump Truck Rascal Police 1 (Character) - 1981

QUOTES FROM Takeshi Kitano CHARACTERS

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?