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A Japanese actor, director, and comedian who has starred in many cult films, in particular ''Film/HanaBi'' and ''Film/BattleRoyale''.

In his native country he is famous as a comedian and talk show host, but has achieved international success with ''TakeshisCastle'', which was given a GagDub as ''{{MXC}}'' in the US, as well as forays into more serious film work, such as ''{{Sonatine}}''. Nowadays he is most famous for portraying the titular blind samurai in ''{{Zatoichi}}''.

Also the creator of ''[[VideoGame/TakeshisChallenge Takeshi's Challenge]]''.

As an actor, he is usually credited [[SameFaceDifferentName "Beat" Takeshi]].