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"Subject: Takeshi Kitano, otherwise known as Beat Takeshi, Japanese film director, comedian, singer, actor, author, screenwriter, poet, painter - okay what wasn't this guy? And one time, video game designer. Yeah, you hear that? One time, 'cause one time is all he needed. After that, the sea floor split open and swallowed the Caribbean! Earthquakes ravaged the west coast of America!
JonTron, pretty much summing up Takeshi's career.
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Takeshi Kitano (born January 18, 1947 in Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese actor, director, and comedian who has starred in many cult films, in particular Hana-bi and Battle Royale.

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

Also the creator of a video game, Takeshi's Challenge.

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

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Tropes associated with Kitano's filmography:

  • Chronically Killed Actor: Kitano gets killed in many movies he directs, especially the ones involving yakuzas.
  • Directed by Cast Member: With some exceptions, Kitano usually acts in movies he directs.
  • Genre Adultery: Back in the late 80s, nobody in Japan would have expected the creator of Takeshi's Castle to direct a police drama and a variety of films with serious tones afterwards. Due to the comedic roots of his career, Kitano's skills as a director took some time to get recognized in his country.
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  • Renaissance Man: Wether it's about playing in a movie, writing/editing/directing a movie, creating a TV show, writing books, or even making a video game, Takeshi is quite the versatile artist.
  • Yakuza: A theme explored in movies such as Sonatine and Outrage.
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