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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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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.

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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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The audience at the 2006 Venice Film Festival was very confused and frustrated about the film. But Kitano had warned the audience ahead, asking them not to attempt to analyze the film, but instead, just to let go and feel the film, and in the press conference afterwards, Kitano said that he wanted audiences to come out of this film not knowing what to say or what to think. See more »

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Takeshi's Friend: [about Beat Takeshi, who is his friend] Arrogant prick... To think that we started out together! He left us all behind. Wants me to call him "Mr. Takeshi" now. Arrogant prick!
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A good film but the least obtained one in Kitano's career
13 January 2008 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

Since I saw Fireworks,I am following director Takeshi Kitano's movies.I have liked a lot all his movies but,by my point of view,he gets better results when he tells clear stories,like in Brother,Zatoichi or Fireworks than when he tells surreal stories,like in Dolls or,now,Takeshis.I liked Takeshis but,by my point of view,is his less obtained film.First of all,let's go to the fails.The surrealism does not bother me on movies but,there is a moment in Takeshis that the story was so surrealistic that I felt the film was going nowhere.Also,it gets a little bit boring on some parts.Still with that,Takeshis has good elements.Kitano backs to do a very precise direction.The story is ingenious and,except for some parts,the film kept me fun.In summary,I liked Takeshis but I think Kitano exceeded a little bit on the surrealism and I think it's his less obtained film.But,I appreciated that this film goes beyond the common and that's enough reason to recommend it with the warning that this is not for everyone.


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