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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 overview, first billed only:
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 Ôsugi ...
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 ...
Naomasa Musaka
Kôichi Ueda
Tsutomu Takeshige
Bîto Kiyoshi
Junya Takaki ...
Shôgo Kimura
Kanji Tsuda
Makoto Ashikawa


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!


Comedy | Drama | Fantasy


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Release Date:

5 November 2005 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Fractal  »

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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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Sensei Kitano Takeshi takes us on a bumpy ride in a country fascinated with cinema.
15 September 2008 | by (FIPRESCI/Cinema of the world) – See all my reviews

Auto derision is an art which has not been able to find favors with many nationalities.There are people who know that Italian people are famous for mocking themselves.It is rather strange that not much is known of Japanese people and the manner in which they like to ridicule themselves.Takeshis is a brilliant film in which we can see sensei Kitano Takeshi settling scores with himself.This is his manner of making fun of himself.He plays with perfection two of his most memorable roles.On the one hand there is a superstar who is always surrounded by cinema people.On the other hand there is a clown whose company consists of some losers who are trying to make it big in their lives.Japanese director Kitano Takeshi must be congratulated for making a nice Japanese film which mocks cinema business.It is for this film that Takeshi Kitano has given yet another outstanding performance. He shows us well as to what extent Hollywood has influenced ordinary people all over the world.We are shown how ordinary Japanase people talk with ease about icons of American film culture like Humphery Bogart,Vivien Leigh,Gone with the wind and Roman Holiday.Takeshis is a film full of comic violence which would create more ripples of laughter then long hours of silence after a film is over.Why should one watch Takeshis ? It is simple to state that it is an excellent film within film.The best thing about this film is that it shows us that currently cinema business is run by people who do not value cinema.This is one of the worst injuries heaped on the inimitable art of cinema.

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