Takeshi Kitano

Director, Actor, Editor
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 ... Read more »
Born: 01/18/1947 in Japan

Filmography

Actor (27)

Jinsei no yakusoku 2016 (Movie)

(Actor)

Trespassing Bergman 2015 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Outrage Beyond 2014 (Movie)

Otomo (Actor)

Battle Royale 2012 (Movie)

Teacher Kitano (Actor)

Outrage 2011 (Movie)

Otomo, head of the Otomo clan (Actor)

Achilles and the Tortoise 2008 (Movie)

Machisu (Actor)

Glory to the Filmmaker! 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

Arakimentari 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Takeshis' 2005 (Movie)

Beat Takeshi/Mr Kitano (Actor)

Blood and Bones 2004 (Movie)

Sun-pei (Actor)

Izo 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi 2004 (Movie)

Zatoichi (Actor)

Battle Royale II--Requiem 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Brother 2001 (Movie)

Yamamoto (Actor)

Tokyo Eyes 2001 (Movie)

The Yakuza (Actor)

Kikujiro 2000 (Movie)

Kikujiro (Actor)

Taboo 2000 (Movie)

Captain Toshizo Hijikata (Actor)

Boiling Point 1999 (Movie)

Uehara (Actor)

Violent Cop 1999 (Movie)

Detective Azuma (Actor)

Fireworks 1998 (Movie)

Yoshitaka Nishi (Actor)

Gonin 1998 (Movie)

Kyoya (Actor)

Sonatine 1998 (Movie)

Murakawa (Actor)

Johnny Mnemonic 1995 (Movie)

Takahashi (Actor)

Getting Any? 1994 (Movie)

Scientist (Actor)

Komikku Zasshi Nanka Irani 1987 (Movie)

Yakuza Killer (Actor)

Yasha 1984 (Movie)

Yajima (Actor)

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence 1983 (Movie)

Sergeant Gengo Hara (Actor)
Director (18)

Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Outrage Beyond 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Outrage 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Achilles and the Tortoise 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Chacun son cinema 2007 (Movie)

("One Fine Day") (Director)

Glory to the Filmmaker! 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Takeshis' 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Dolls 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Brother 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Kikujiro 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Boiling Point 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Violent Cop 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Fireworks 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Sonatine 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Kids Return 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Getting Any? 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Ano Natsu, Ichiban Shizukana Umi 1992 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (16)

Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Outrage Beyond 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Outrage 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Achilles and the Tortoise 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Glory to the Filmmaker! 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Takeshis' 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dolls 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Brother 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Kikujiro 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Boiling Point 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fireworks 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sonatine 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Kids Return 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Getting Any? 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ano Natsu, Ichiban Shizukana Umi 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Editor (14)

Outrage Beyond 2014 (Movie)

(Editor)

Outrage 2011 (Movie)

(Editor)

Achilles and the Tortoise 2008 (Movie)

(Editor)

Glory to the Filmmaker! 2007 (Movie)

(Editor)

Takeshis' 2005 (Movie)

(Editor)

Dolls 2004 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi 2004 (Movie)

(Editor)

Brother 2001 (Movie)

(Editor)

Kikujiro 2000 (Movie)

(Editor)

Fireworks 1998 (Movie)

(Editor)

Sonatine 1998 (Movie)

(Editor)

Kids Return 1996 (Movie)

(Editor)

Getting Any? 1994 (Movie)

(Editor)

Ano Natsu, Ichiban Shizukana Umi 1992 (Movie)

(Editor)
Producer (1)

Chacun son cinema 2007 (Movie)

("One Fine Day") (Producer)
Other (2)

Battle Royale 2012 (Movie)

original painting (Other)

Ano Natsu, Ichiban Shizukana Umi 1992 (Movie)

planning (Other)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Sibling
had three older Kitano was the youngest

Saki Kitano

Mother

Kikujiro Kitano

Father
in his autobiography Kitano wrote of his father's alcoholism

EDUCATION

Meiji University

dropped out at age 19

Milestones

2003

Directed and starred in "Zatoichi"

2000

Co-starred in "Battle Royale"

1997

Wrote, directed, and starred in "Fireworks"

1993

Made "Sonatine," which was his first big international hit

1989

Made writing and directing debut in "Violent Cop"

1986

"Takeshi's Castle" debuts on Japanse television.

Bonus Trivia

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Kitano goes under the stage name Beat Takeshi except for when he writes, directs, or edits.

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Before making films, Kitano was a boxer and a tap dancer.

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Kitano was in a gruesome motorcycle accident that left him hospitalized for month requiring facial surgery.

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