Directed and starred in "Zatoichi"
Co-starred in "Battle Royale"
Wrote, directed, and starred in "Fireworks"
Made "Sonatine," which was his first big international hit
Made writing and directing debut in "Violent Cop"
"Takeshi's Castle" debuts on Japanse television.
Kitano goes under the stage name Beat Takeshi except for when he writes, directs, or edits.
Kitano was in a gruesome motorcycle accident that left him hospitalized for month requiring facial surgery.
Before making films, Kitano was a boxer and a tap dancer.
"I don't like the way Tarantino treats violence. Pulp Fiction doesn't show realistic violence, but to show violence realistically, you need stamina. It's not easy." Kitano on violence in movies.