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Takeshi Kitano

Takeshi Kitano originally studied to become an engineer, but was thrown out of school for rebellious behavior. He learned comedy, singing and dancing from famed comedian Senzaburô Fukami. Working as a lift boy on a nightclub with such features as comic sketches and striptease dancing, Kitano saw his chance when a comedian suddenly fell ill, and he... See full bio »

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The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi
Sonatine Aniki Murakawa
Fireworks Yoshitaka Nishi
Kikujiro Kikujiro


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 2019 Idaten: Tokyo Olympic banashi (TV Mini-Series) (filming)
 2017 Outrage Coda
 2017 Hagoku (TV Movie)
 2017 Ghost in the Shell
Aramaki (as 'Beat' Takeshi Kitano)
 2016 Yakuza 6 (Video Game)
Toru Hirose (voice)
 2016 Doctor X: Gekai Daimon Michiko Special (TV Movie)
Kantaro Kurosu (as Beat Takeshi)
 2015 Aka medaka (TV Movie)
 2015 Gekijouban Mozu
 2014 Kuroi fukuin (TV Movie)
 2013 FNS 27 jikan terebi: Joshiryoku zenkai 2013: Otome no egao ga ashita o tsukuru!! (TV Movie)
Don Kayakuda / Rokuro Uchida / Nô Ushida
 2012 Beyond Outrage
 2012 Anata e
Teruo Sugino (as Bîto Takeshi)
 2010 Kenji Onijima Heihachirou (TV Series) (as Beat Takeshi)
- Episode #1.1 (2010) ... (as Beat Takeshi)
 2010 Kikoku (TV Movie)
 2010 Autoreiji
Ôtomo (as Beat Takeshi)
 2009 Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari kôen mae hashutsujo (TV Series)
- Episode #1.1 (2009) ... Kitano (as Beat Takeshi)
 2008 Akiresu to kame
Machisu Kuramochi
 2008 Girara no gyakushû: Tôya-ko Samitto kikiippatsu
Take Monster (voice, as Beat Takeshi)
 2007 Ten to sen (TV Mini-Series)
Jûtarô Torikai (as Beat Takeshi)
 2007 Kantoku · Banzai! (as Beat Takeshi)
 2007 Chacun son cinéma ou Ce petit coup au coeur quand la lumière s'éteint et que le film commence
The projectionist (segment "Rencontre unique") (as Beat Takeshi)
 2007 Wada Akiko satsujin jiken (TV Movie)
 2005 Takeshis'
Beat Takeshi / Mr. Kitano (as Beat Takeshi)
 2004 Chi to hone
Joon-pyong Kim
 2004 Izo (as 'Bîto' Takeshi)
 2003 The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi
Zatôichi / Ichi (as Beat Takeshi)
 2003 Battle Royale II
Kitano (as Beat Takeshi)
 2003 Musashi (TV Series)
Shinmen Munisai
 2002 Kichiku (TV Movie) (as Beat Takeshi)
 2001 Hyaku-nen no monogatari (TV Series)
 2000 San Oku En Jiken (TV Movie)
 2000 Battle Royale
Kitano-sensei (as Bito Takeshi)
 2000/I Brother
Aniki Yamamoto (as 'Beat' Takeshi)
 1999 Gohatto
Captain Toshizo Hijikata (as 'Beat' Takeshi)
 1999 Kikujiro
Kikujiro (as Beat Takeshi)
 1998 Tokyo Eyes
 1997 Fireworks
Yoshitaka Nishi (as Beat Takeshi)
 1995 The Five
Ichiro Kyoya (as Beat Takeshi)
 1995 Johnny Mnemonic
Takahashi (as Takeshi)
 1994 Getting Any?
 1993 Kyôso tanjô
Daisuke Shiba
 1993 Sonatine
Aniki Murakawa
 1992 Erotikkuna kankei
 1992 Sakana kara daiokishin!!
Azuma (as Beat Takeshi)
 1991 Kimu no sensô (TV Movie)
 1990 Boiling Point
Uehara (as 'Beat' Takeshi)
 1990 Hoshi wo tsugu mono
Yama no ojichan
 1989 Violent Cop
Azuma (as Beat Takeshi)
 1988 Anego
Shoji Sugimoto, Hitman (as 'Beat' Takeshi)
 1986 Comic Magazine
Police (as Beat Takeshi)
 1986 Shimura Ken no Bakatonosama (TV Series)
 1985 Yasha
Yajima (as Beat Takeshi)
 1985 Kanashii kibun de joke
Hiroshi Igarashi (as Beat Takeshi)
 1983 Jukkai no mosukîto
A man at a race horse track (as Beat Takeshi)
 1983 Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
Sgt. Gengo Hara (as Takeshi)
 1982 Keiji yoroshiku (TV Series)
 1981 Sukkari... sono ki de! (as Beat Takeshi)
 1981 Manon
 1981 Danpu wataridori
Police 1
 1981 Quiz!! Magazine '81 (TV Series)
Emcee - Himself
 1980 Makoto-chan
 1969 Go, Go, Second Time Virgin
Gang member (uncredited)
Show Show Writer (25 credits)
Show Show Director (19 credits)
Show Show Editor (17 credits)
Show Show Producer (2 credits)
Show Show Art department (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (8 credits)
Show Show Self (110 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (8 credits)

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He was the namesake and host of Takeshi's Castle, a silly 80s Japanese game show on which contestants are painfully eliminated through barely possible stunts and events, most taking place above pools of mud. It provides the archive footage that gets English voiceovers for the MXC TV series. See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 1 Print Biography | 5 Interviews | 8 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

'Beat' Takeshi Kitano | 'Beat' Takeshi | 'Bîto' Takeshi | Beat Takeshi | Bito Takeshi | Bîto Takeshi | Takeshi


5' 5" (1.65 m)

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[on Akira Kurosawa] ...the ideal definition of cinema: a succession of perfect images. And Kurosawa is the only director who has attained that. See more »


Often show beautiful tattoos on his characters' backs to represent yakuza status. See more »


Frequently works alongside producer Masayuki Mori See more »



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