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Kitano Takeshi

Profile

  • Name: ビートたけし
  • Name (romaji): Beat Takeshi
  • Real name: 北野武 / Kitano Takeshi
  • Also known as: Bito Takeshi, Takeshi
  • Profession: Actor, comedian, director, writer, cartoonist/painter
  • Birthdate: 1947-Jan-18
  • Birthplace: Adachi, Tokyo, Japan
  • Height: 178 cm
  • Star sign: Capricorn
  • Blood type: A
  • Talent agency: Office Kitano

TV Shows as an Actor

Movies as an Actor

  • Kantoku: Banzai! / Glory to the Filmmaker! (2007)
  • Takeshis' (2005)
  • Chi to Hone (2004)
  • Izo (2004)
  • The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (2003)
  • Battle Royale II: Requiem (2003)
  • Battle Royale (2000)
  • Brother (2000)
  • Gohatto (1999)
  • Kikujiro no Natsu (1999)
  • Tokyo Eyes (1998)
  • Hana-bi (1997)
  • Gonin (1995)
  • Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
  • Minna-yatteruka! (1995)
  • Kyoso Tanjo (1993)
  • Sonatine (1993)
  • Sakana Kara Daiokishin!! (1992)
  • Erotikkuna Kankei (1992)
  • 3-4x Juugatsu (1990)
  • Hoshi Tsugu Mono (1990)
  • Sono Otoko, Kyobi ni Tsuki (1989)
  • Anego (1988)
  • Komikku Zasshi Naka Iranai! (1986)
  • Yasha (1985)
  • Kanashii Kibun de Joke (1985)
  • Jukkai no Mosquito (1983)
  • Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983)
  • Sukkari... Sono ki de! (1981)
  • Manon (1981)
  • Danpu Wataridori (1981)
  • Makoto-chan (1980)

Movies as a Director

  • Kantoku: Banzai! / Glory to the Filmmaker! (2007)
  • Takeshis' (2005)
  • The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (2003)
  • Dolls (2002)
  • Brother (2002)
  • Kikujiro no Natsu (1999)
  • Minna-yatteruka! (1995)
  • Sonatine (1993)
  • Ano Natsu, Ichiban Shizukana Umi (1991)
  • 3-4x Juugatsu (1990)
  • Sono Otoko, Kyobo ni Tsuki (1989)

Movies as a Writer

  • Kantoku: Banzai! / Glory to the Filmmaker! (2007)
  • Takeshis' (2005)
  • The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (2003)
  • Asakusa Kid (2002) (novel)
  • Dolls (2002)
  • Brother (2002)
  • Kikujiro no Natsu (1999)
  • Hana-bi (1997)
  • Kid Return (1996)
  • Minna-yatteruka! (1995)
  • Kyoso Tanjo (1993) (novel)
  • Sonatine (1993)
  • Ano Natsu, Ichiban Shizukana Umi (1991)
  • 3-4x Juugatsu (1990)
  • Sono Otoko, Kyobi ni Tsuki (1989) (didn't receive credit)

Trivia

  • Before joining the Japanese geinoukai, Takeshi was a tap dancer, boxer, and a strip club master of ceremonies (MC).
  • In the late 1970's to early 1980's, Takeshi was a member of the comedy duo Two Beats, pairing up with Beat Kiyoshi. That was the booming period for manzai, a comedy style very similar to Abbott and Costello in the United States.
  • As an actor, he uses the name Beat Takeshi. As a director or writer, he uses his real name, Kitano Takeshi.
  • Besides writing movies, he has also written over 50 books.
  • Count Takeshi in the gameshow Takeshi's Castle.

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