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Takeshi Kitano
TakesiKitano.jpg
Takeshi Kitano at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000
Native name 北野 武
Born
Adachi, Tokyo
Alma mater Meiji University
Occupation Film director, actor, author, film editor, television personality, film producer, screenwriter
Spouse(s) Mikiko Kitano
Children Atsushi Kitano
Shoko Kitano
Signature
Takeshi Kitano Signature.svg

Takeshi Kitano (北野 武 Kitano Takeshi?, born 18 January 1947) is a Japanese director, comedian, singer (mostly as part of his comic career), actor, show host, film editor, presenter, screenwriter, author, poet, painter, and one-time video game designer who has received critical acclaim, both in his native Japan and abroad, for his idiosyncratic cinematic work. Japanese film critic Nagaharu Yodogawa once dubbed him "the true successor" to the influential filmmaker Akira Kurosawa.<ref name=INDEPENDENT>Kirkup, James (23 November 1998). "Obituaries: Nagaharu Yodogawa". The Independent. Retrieved 19 July 2009. </ref> With the exception of his works as a film director, he is known almost exclusively by the name Beat Takeshi (ビートたけし Bīto Takeshi?) – although he has been credited as the mononym "Takeshi" for his acting role in the movie Johnny Mnemonic.<ref name=JM>"Johnny Mnemonic (1995)". Retrieved 6 January 2015. </ref> Since April 2005, he has been a professor at the Graduate School of Visual Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts. Kitano owns his own talent agency and production company, Office Kitano, which launched Tokyo Filmex in 2000.

Some of Kitano's earlier films are dramas about Yakuza gangsters or the police. Described by critics as using an acting style that is highly deadpan or a camera style that approaches near-stasis, Kitano often uses long takes where little appears to be happening, or editing that cuts immediately to the aftermath of an event. Many of his films express a bleak or nihilistic philosophy, but they are also filled with humor and affection for their characters. Kitano's films leave paradoxical impressions and can seem controversial. The Japanese public knows him primarily as a TV host and comedian. He hosts a weekly television program called Beat Takeshi's TV Tackle, a kind of panel discussion among entertainers and politicians regarding controversial current events.

In 2010, the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain in Paris held a one-man show displaying his paintings and installations.<ref>Williams, Eliza (17 March 2010). "Creative Review – Beat Takeshi Kitano at Fondation Cartier". Creative Review. Retrieved 24 December 2012. </ref> A room in the basement played a 12-hour loop of his work as a TV host.


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Takeshi Kitano
TakesiKitano.jpg
Takeshi Kitano at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000
Native name 北野 武
Born
Adachi, Tokyo
Alma mater Meiji University
Occupation Film director, actor, author, film editor, television personality, film producer, screenwriter
Spouse(s) Mikiko Kitano
Children Atsushi Kitano
Shoko Kitano
Signature
Takeshi Kitano Signature.svg

Takeshi Kitano (北野 武 Kitano Takeshi?, born 18 January 1947) is a Japanese director, comedian, singer (mostly as part of his comic career), actor, show host, film editor, presenter, screenwriter, author, poet, painter, and one-time video game designer who has received critical acclaim, both in his native Japan and abroad, for his idiosyncratic cinematic work. Japanese film critic Nagaharu Yodogawa once dubbed him "the true successor" to the influential filmmaker Akira Kurosawa.<ref name=INDEPENDENT>Kirkup, James (23 November 1998). "Obituaries: Nagaharu Yodogawa". The Independent. Retrieved 19 July 2009. </ref> With the exception of his works as a film director, he is known almost exclusively by the name Beat Takeshi (ビートたけし Bīto Takeshi?) – although he has been credited as the mononym "Takeshi" for his acting role in the movie Johnny Mnemonic.<ref name=JM>"Johnny Mnemonic (1995)". Retrieved 6 January 2015. </ref> Since April 2005, he has been a professor at the Graduate School of Visual Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts. Kitano owns his own talent agency and production company, Office Kitano, which launched Tokyo Filmex in 2000.

Some of Kitano's earlier films are dramas about Yakuza gangsters or the police. Described by critics as using an acting style that is highly deadpan or a camera style that approaches near-stasis, Kitano often uses long takes where little appears to be happening, or editing that cuts immediately to the aftermath of an event. Many of his films express a bleak or nihilistic philosophy, but they are also filled with humor and affection for their characters. Kitano's films leave paradoxical impressions and can seem controversial. The Japanese public knows him primarily as a TV host and comedian. He hosts a weekly television program called Beat Takeshi's TV Tackle, a kind of panel discussion among entertainers and politicians regarding controversial current events.

In 2010, the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain in Paris held a one-man show displaying his paintings and installations.<ref>Williams, Eliza (17 March 2010). "Creative Review – Beat Takeshi Kitano at Fondation Cartier". Creative Review. Retrieved 24 December 2012. </ref> A room in the basement played a 12-hour loop of his work as a TV host.


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