Most Popular Titles With Takeshi Kitano
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1. Battle Royale (2000)
Not Rated | 114 min | Drama, Thriller
In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act.
2. Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
A data courier, literally carrying a data package inside his head, must deliver it before he dies from the burden or is killed by the Yakuza.
3. The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (2003)
R | 116 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
The blind masseur/swordsman comes to a town in control of warring gangs, and while bunking with a farming family, he meets two women with their own agenda.
4. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
R | 123 min | Drama, War
In 1942 British soldier Jack Celliers comes to a Japanese prison camp. The camp is run by Yonoi, who has a firm belief in discipline, honor and glory. In his view, the allied prisoners are ... See full summary »
5. Battle Royale II (2003)
Not Rated | 134 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Three years after the failure of the last BR program, a second act is forged and a class of students are sent to an island with one objective: kill international terrorist Shuya Nanahara.
6. To Each His Own Cinema (2007)
100 min | Comedy, Drama
A collective film of 33 shorts directed by different directors about their feeling about Cinema.
Writers: Manoel de Oliveira, Atom Egoyan, Olivier Assayas, William Chang, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Amos Gitai, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Aki Kaurismäki, Andrey Konchalovskiy, Nanni Moretti, Kar Wai Wong, Yimou Zhang, Jingzhi Zou | Directors: Theodoros Angelopoulos, Olivier Assayas, Bille August, Jane Campion, Youssef Chahine, Kaige Chen, Michael Cimino, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, David Cronenberg, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Manoel de Oliveira, Raymond Depardon, Atom Egoyan, Amos Gitai, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Hsiao-Hsien Hou, Aki Kaurismäki, Abbas Kiarostami, Takeshi Kitano, Andrey Konchalovskiy, Claude Lelouch, Ken Loach, David Lynch, Nanni Moretti, Roman Polanski, Raoul Ruiz, Walter Salles, Elia Suleiman, Ming-liang Tsai, Gus Van Sant, Lars von Trier, Wim Wenders, Kar Wai Wong, Yimou Zhang | Stars: Isabelle Adjani, Pegah Ahangarani, Anouk Aimée, Leonid Alexeenko
7. Outrage (2010)
R | 109 min | Crime, Drama
The boss of a major crime syndicate orders his lieutenant to bring a rogue gang of drug traffickers in line, a job that gets passed on to his long-suffering subordinate.
8. Beyond Outrage (2012)
R | 112 min | Action, Crime, Drama
As the police launch a full-scale crackdown on organized crime, it ignites a national yakuza struggle between the Sanno of the East and Hanabishi of the West.
9. Brother (I) (2000)
R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A Japanese gangster is exiled to Los Angeles where his brother lives with a small but respectable multi-racial gang, who he inspires to expand their influence.
10. Fireworks (1997)
103 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
A police officer leaves the force in the face of harrowing personal and professional difficulties. Spiraling into a depression he makes questionable decisions.
11. Kikujiro (1999)
PG-13 | 121 min | Drama, Comedy
A young, naive boy sets out alone on the road to find his wayward mother. Soon he finds an unlikely protector in a crotchety man and the two have a series of unexpected adventures along the way.
13. Sonatine (1993)
R | 94 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Several yakuza from Tokyo are sent to Okinawa to help end a gang war. The war escalates and the Tokyo drifters decide to lay low at the beach.
14. Dearest (2012)
111 min | Drama
A prison officer hands in his resignation after his wife's death, to drive to the port where she wants her ashes scattered at sea.
16. Santiago Violenta (2014)
90 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
During a night of partying, a normal group of friends get in trouble with Aunt Marilyn, a mobster and the owner of a well-known club in Santiago. To come out of the mess, the friends will go from expert boozers to fledgling gunslingers.
17. Blackboards (2000)
88 min | Drama, War
Itinerant Kurdish teachers, carrying blackboards on their backs, look for students in the hills and villages of Iran, near the Iraqi border during the Iran-Iraq war. Said falls in with a ... See full summary »
20. Kids Return (1996)
107 min | Drama
Dropping out of high school, two friends at first find success, one as a up-and-coming boxer and one as a low level gangster. Yet, their life decisions still find a way of catching up on them.
22. Gohatto (1999)
100 min | Drama, History, Thriller
Set during Japan's Shogun era, this film looks at life in a samurai compound where young warriors are trained in swordfighting. A number of interpersonal conflicts are brewing in the ... See full summary »
25. The Five (1995)
Unrated | 109 min | Action, Drama, Crime
Five men plot to steal a large sum of money from the local yakuza, but everything does not go as planned and the men find themselves hunted down by contract killers.
26. Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II (2003)
137 min | Comedy, Action, Crime
After being asked to leave by his Policewoman fiancee, Agni Sinha (Sandhya Mridul), Punit Sanyal (Arshad Warsi) is lying drunk on a street bench in Bombay, when he comes across a wounded ... See full summary »
27. Takeshis' (2005)
108 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Beat Takeshi, a prominent actor, meets a lookalike named Kitano, who is a struggling actor, but after the meeting, Kitano's dreams take a violent, surreal turn.
28. Blood and Bones (2004)
140 min | Drama
In 1923, the Korean teenager Kim Shun-Pei moves from Cheju Island, in South Korea, to Osaka, in Japan. Along the years, he becomes a cruel, greedy and violent man and builds a factory of ... See full summary »
30. Getting Any? (1994)
108 min | Comedy
Obsessed with the idea of owning his first car so he can have sex in it, a young man takes any job he can find and ends up in an escalating series of crazy situations.
31. Takeshi's Castle (1986–1989)
A game show where upwards of 100 contestants (give or take) try to get through various wet, dirty, and wild obstacles and games for a chance to win the grand prize of 1 million yen (Approx. $10,000) by defeating Takeshi and his crew.
32. Vixen Highway 2006: It Came from Uranus! (2010)
250 min | Action, Horror, Thriller
Vixen Highway 2006: It Came from Uranus!(2010) is an updated homage to 60's and 70's exploitation pictures & a re-imaging, re-regurgitation and semi-sequel to John Ervin's original 'Vixen ... See full summary »
33. Glory to the Filmmaker! (2007)
108 min | Comedy, Drama
Takeshi Kitano plays a version of himself in which he's a struggling director cycling through a number of different genres in an effort to complete his latest project.
34. Tokyo Eyes (1998)
97 min | Comedy, Thriller
The police are tracking a man who shoots at people. But the young sister of a detective find that he's not the mad vigilante portrayed in newspapers.
37. Achilles and the Tortoise (2008)
119 min | Comedy, Drama
Machisu is a painter. He never had the success he thinks he is entitled to. Regardless of this, he always remains trying to be successful. His wife Sachiko keeps supporting him, despite all setbacks.
43. I'll Never Die Alone (2008)
86 min | Horror, Thriller
A violent thriller set in the outback of remote La Plata region, I'LL NEVER DIE ALONE (aka NO MORIRE SOLA) is a tough and pounding story of revenge for rape, mercilessly carried out by a ... See full summary »
45. Caiga quien caiga (I) (1996– )
Reality changes depending on how you see it. CQC has its own way of seeing things. "Caiga Quien Caiga" is a weekly news roundup that takes a humorous and ironic approach to reporting ... See full summary »
50. Anego (1988)
101 min | Crime, Drama
The widow of a murdered yakuza boss serves jail time for attacking the man she believes killed her husband. After her release, as she is shadowed by a hitman, she returns to thoughts of revenge.