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Takeshis' (2005)

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 (as Kotomi Kyono)
Kayoko Kishimoto ...
Mahjong Parlor Woman / Audition Producer / Customer
Takeshi's Manager / Taxi Driver (as Ren Ôsugi)
Susumu Terajima ...
TV Wardrobe Master / Noodle Cook / Audition Actor
Akihiro Miwa ...
Naomasa Musaka ...
Film studios Tattooist
Kôichi Ueda ...
Film crew member close to the Director
Tsutomu Takeshige
Bîto Kiyoshi
Junya Takaki ...
Shôgo Kimura
Kanji Tsuda ...
Film Director
Makoto Ashikawa ...
Assistant at audition


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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5 November 2005 (Japan)  »

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Fractal  »

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Kitano conceived the idea during the shooting of Sonatine (1993). Then called 'Fractals', the idea was to depict how an ordinary person's dreams would create an imaginative world, where the dream person's dream's would create another imaginative world and so on, going back and forth between his actions in reality and those in his imaginary worlds. The project was, for many reasons, put off throughout the years, until Kitano rewrote the storyline and made himself the protagonist. See more »


[after Takeshi sees actor Akihiro Miwa in makeup]
Beat Takeshi: What a freak.
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Review from 2005 TIFF
10 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

I saw this film at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival.

Takeshis' is the latest film from writer/director Takeshi Kitano. He apparently got the idea for this film shortly after finishing Sonatine (1993). Kitano was previously at the festival in 2003 with Zatoichi, which won the People's Choice Award that year.

Takeshis' finds him playing two roles: one is a version of his real-life actor persona, Beat Takeshi; the other is a mild-mannered convenience store clerk/amateur actor named Kitano. The lives and the dreams of the two men intersect and parallel each other continuously throughout the film.

Actors, scenes, and elements from Kitano's other films (Sonatine, Kikujiro, Brother, and Zatoichi to name a few) show up frequently as the two men have waking dreams involving each other's lives.

The Beat Takeshi of the film is almost a stylized version of his real self, as the public might perceive him. This feeds into the fantasies of the clerk Kitano, who dreams of being Beat Takeshi, taking out his frustrations with the world in a hail of gunfire, just like in the movies.

The film is constantly jumping between reality and fantasy, from one character to another, rooted in the present but with flashes into the future. It can make it difficult to follow at times, leaving you to wonder whose perspective is being shown on screen and whether it exists in the dream world or the real world or something in between.

The film was enjoyable and not overly impenetrable, with its share of humorous moments and trademark flashes of sudden violence. Still, the movie is not quite as accessible as his other films, with the exception of Dolls, and while not strictly necessary, familiarity with Kitano's previous work heightens the viewing experience.

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