Takeshi Kitano

  • Takeshi Kitano – Kantoku · Banzai! AKA Glory to the Filmmaker! (2007)

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    Kantoku · Banzai! (2007)
    Kantoku · Banzai! (2007)

    Takeshi Kitano plays a version of himself in which he’s a struggling director cycling through a number of different genres in an effort to complete his latest project.Read More »

  • Takeshi Kitano – Kubi (2023)

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    Kubi (2023)
    Kubi (2023)

    Lord Oda Nobunaga plans to control Japan where rival warlords battle by waging war against several clans. His vassal Araki Murashige stages a rebellion and promptly disappears.Read More »

  • Takeshi Kitano – Akiresu to kame AKA Achilles and the Tortoise (2008)

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    Akiresu to kame (2008)
    Akiresu to kame (2008)

    Machisu is a painter. He never had the success he thinks he is entitled to. Regardless of this, he always remains trying to be successful. His wife Sachiko keeps supporting him, despite all setbacks.Read More »

  • Takeshi Kitano – Kantoku Banzai! AKA Glory to the Filmmaker! (2007)

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    Kantoku · Banzai! (2007)
    Kantoku · Banzai! (2007)

    Takeshi Kitano plays a version of himself in which he’s a struggling director cycling through a number of different genres in an effort to complete his latest project.Read More »

  • Takeshi Kitano – Takeshis’ (2005)

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    Takeshis' (2005)
    Takeshis’ (2005)

    A 2005 Japanese film directed, written, edited by, and starring Takeshi Kitano. It is the first film in Kitano’s surrealist autobiographical trilogy, being followed by Glory to the Filmmaker!, and Achilles and the Tortoise.

    PLOT: Beat Takeshi, a prominent actor, meets a lookalike named Kitano, who is a struggling actor, but after the meeting, Kitano’s dreams take a violent, surreal turn.Read More »

  • Takeshi Kitano – Hana-bi AKA Fireworks (1997)

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    Quote:
    “Hana-bi” is the highly acclaimed drama from and with Takeshi Kitano. In this film Kitano In a very honest way, also works up and reflects about his own inner life after his motorcycle accident that nearly cost him his life. So, it’s no big surprise that he implemented certain aspects of his character in the main lead as he did in Horibe.

    With tranquil pictures and on a subtle level Kitano creates a story, that revolves around loneliness, isolation, guilt, love and grief. Very Kitano-like the almost poetically meditative looking pictures are interrupted by sudden bursts of violence. However, this just serves the purpose to imbue the story with the necessary amount of authenticity.Read More »

  • Makoto Shinozaki – Jam Session (1999)

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    Tony Rayns in Time Out Film Guide wrote:
    When Office Kitano commissioned Shinozaki to record Kitano’s work on Kikujiro from the start of shooting to the screening of the ‘A’ copy, they knew he wouldn’t do a standard ‘Making of’. Since Kitano shot the film more or less in sequence and improvised a lot, Shinozaki is able to turn his documentary into an authentic ‘bootleg’: an anthology of out-takes, mistakes and deleted scenes which adds up to a ‘parallel’ version of the film itself. It’s also a very candid portrait of Kitano in his self-deprecatory prime – especially when nearly lost for words during a social chat with Hou Xiaoxian. One caveat: Kitano himself sings the song under the end credits.Read More »

  • Takeshi Kitano – Ano natsu, ichiban shizukana umi AKA A Scene at the Sea (1991)

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    Quote:
    Third Window Films continues their collection of Takeshi Kitano Blu-rays with a revisit of his 1991 film, A Scene at the Sea. At the time Kitano was still seen largely as a comeic performer and his first two films started to change that perception and give him a small taste of international recognition. However, it is with A Scene at the Sea, his third feature as a director, that Kitano really showed the film world his skill set. Not only was it his first film as a director that didn’t feature him in an acting role, it also distanced itself from the previous two yakuza driven features and proved that Kitano is a force ot be reckoned with and a truew artist, rather than a hired gun.Read More »

  • Nagisa Ôshima – Gohatto AKA Taboo (1999)

    1991-2000ArthouseDramaJapanNagisa Oshima

    Synopsis:
    Gohatto stars Beat Takeshi, Asano Tadanobu and a fifteen-year-old Matsuda Ryuhei as the beautiful son of a well-to-do merchant who joins the Shinsen Gumi militia in Kyoto for the “right to kill,” and ends up doing so both by his sword and his good looks. Gohatto explores themes of jealousy, madness and destruction within the context of bushido homoeroticism; not only does this violent love story play out within the bounds of same-sex relationships, but within a single militia.Read More »

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