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Takeshis' (2005)

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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Beat Takeshi / Mr. Kitano (as Beat Takeshi)
Kotomi Kyôno ...
Takeshi's Girl Friend / Kitano's Female Neighbor
Kayoko Kishimoto ...
Mahjong Parlor Woman / Audition Producer / Customer
Ren Ohsugi ...
Takeshi's Manager / Taxi Driver
Susumu Terajima ...
Takeshi's Friend / Kitano's Yakuza Neighbor
Tetsu Watanabe ...
TV Wardrobe Master / Noodle Cook / Audition Actor
Akihiro Miwa ...
Himself
Naomasa Musaka
Kôichi Ueda
Tsutomu Takeshige
Bîto Kiyoshi
Junya Takaki ...
Himself
Shôgo Kimura
Kanji Tsuda
Makoto Ashikawa
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Beat Takeshi lives the busy and sometimes surreal life of a showbiz celebrity. One day he meets his blond lookalike named Kitano, a shy convenience store cashier, who, still an unknown actor, is waiting for his big break. After their paths cross, Kitano seems to begin hallucinating about becoming Beat. Written by Kitano Takeshi .Com

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500% Kitano - nothing to add!

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5 November 2005 (Japan)  »

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The movie was announced during Cannes 2005, with a huge black banner with big red letters spelling Takeshis', and with smaller white letters saying, "500% Kitano - nothing to add." There was frustration between fans and critics, since there were no synopsis, no cast, no poster, and no trailer. Then in mid-July, a teaser began running in theaters in Tokyo, Japan, and from September 1st on Kitano's studio, Office Kitano, both showing Kitano's character tap dancing on a railroad. See more »

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Beat Takeshi: He looks like me.
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brilliant ideas, little cohesion
9 September 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The film has a lot of potential, with tons of funny and impressive scenes and situations, characters who are made complete and alive with only a few brush strokes. It starts off as a wry satirical depiction of Japan's TV land and "Jollywood," and becomes increasingly surrealistic as it moves along (I'm using the word moves very loosely, as I couldn't see much plot development). It's Takeshi's 8 1/2, referencing a lot of the director/performer/producer's earlier work and showing his agony as artist and celebrity... There were also references to several classics (Scorcese's Taxi Driver comes to mind, for one) I'm only giving it a 4, as the last third of the film falls apart in a jumble of disjointed scenes, some of which remain too static too long.

I felt that Takeshi's contained enough stuff for several enjoyable movies, but a lot of it went to waste and was repeated ad nauseam. I think viewers could have a better experience with this movie if they were prepared to sit back and relax, enjoying eye candy and little bits thrown on the screen. To expect a follow-able plot would be a big mistake!


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