6.5/10
1,563
13 user 26 critic

Glory to the Filmmaker! (2007)

Kantoku · Banzai! (original title)
Takeshi Kitano plays a version of himself in which he's a struggling director cycling through a number of different genres in an effort to complete his latest project.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Takeshis' (2005)
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

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.

Director: Takeshi Kitano
Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Kotomi Kyôno, Kayoko Kishimoto
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Machisu is a painter. He never had the success he thinks he is entitled to. Regardless of this, he always remains trying to be successful. His wife Sachiko keeps supporting him, despite all setbacks.

Director: Takeshi Kitano
Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Kanako Higuchi, Kumiko Asô
Getting Any? (1994)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Obsessed with the idea of owning his first car so he can have sex in it, a young man takes any job he can find and ends up in an escalating series of crazy situations.

Director: Takeshi Kitano
Stars: Duncan, Moeko Ezawa, Taka Guadalcanal
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The lives of a young, hearing-impaired and gloomy couple are fulfilled after the boy holds interest in surfboarding.

Director: Takeshi Kitano
Stars: Claude Maki, Hiroko Ôshima, Sabu Kawahara
Kids Return (1996)
Crime | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Dropping out of high school, two friends at first find success, one as a up-and-coming boxer and one as a low level gangster. Yet, their life decisions still find a way of catching up on them.

Director: Takeshi Kitano
Stars: Ken Kaneko, Masanobu Andô, Leo Morimoto
Boiling Point (1990)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Two disquieted junior baseball players seek revenge on the local yakuza for attacking their coach.

Director: Takeshi Kitano
Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Yûrei Yanagi, Yuriko Ishida
Violent Cop (1989)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A violence prone police officer discovers that his colleague is trafficking drugs.

Director: Takeshi Kitano
Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Maiko Kawakami, Makoto Ashikawa
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

As the police launch a full-scale crackdown on organized crime, it ignites a national yakuza struggle between the Sanno of the East and Hanabishi of the West.

Director: Takeshi Kitano
Stars: Toshiyuki Nishida, Tomokazu Miura, Takeshi Kitano
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen (2015) is about the story of Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen who love derby race want to do the last battle with Yakuza guys.

Director: Takeshi Kitano
Stars: Tatsuya Fuji, Ben Hiura, Kôjun Itô
Outrage (2010)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The boss of a major crime syndicate orders his lieutenant to bring a rogue gang of drug traffickers in line, a job that gets passed on to his long-suffering subordinate.

Director: Takeshi Kitano
Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Kippei Shîna, Ryô Kase
Dolls (2002)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Three stories of never-ending love.

Director: Takeshi Kitano
Stars: Miho Kanno, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Tatsuya Mihashi
Kikujiro (1999)
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A young, naive boy sets out alone on the road to find his wayward mother. Soon he finds an unlikely protector in a crotchety man and the two have a series of unexpected adventures along the way.

Director: Takeshi Kitano
Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Yusuke Sekiguchi, Kayoko Kishimoto
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
(as Beat Takeshi)
Tôru Emori
Kayoko Kishimoto
Anne Suzuki
Keiko Matsuzaka
Yoshino Kimura
Kazuko Yoshiyuki
Yuki Uchida
Akira Takarada
Yumiko Fujita
Ren Ôsugi
Susumu Terajima
Naomasa Musaka
Tetsu Watanabe
Rakkyo Ide
Edit

Storyline

Takeshi Kitano plays a version of himself in which he's a struggling director cycling through a number of different genres in an effort to complete his latest project.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2 June 2007 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Glory to the Filmmaker!  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

|

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Takeshi Kitano has described this film as part of the ongoing "creative destruction" of his career, which began in 2005 with Takeshis' (2005). See more »

Connections

Spoofs The Matrix (1999) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Resolutely Strange Comedy
16 November 2007 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

It's a question how much of an impression that Monty Python made in Japan overall but it certainly seems to be an influence on Kitano's latest work. Certainly Terry Gilliam's signature title graphics for Life of Brian and Meaning of Life are alluded to in this film.

The film starts as the narrator gives an account on how Kitano's newest film is coming along. Since Kitano is uncomfortable with the genres of Romance and family drama, these films are abandoned and he is given some action fare to work with. The results are less than satisfactory so it's decided to have Kitano direct an asteroid on collision with earth film. This takes us about 45 minutes into the real film and at this point things get very strange. A mother and daughter (the mother has a giraffe doll on her back and the daughter has a goose puppet on one arm) decide to not pay for a bowl of noodles by dropping a cockroach (that they carry around for just an occasion) into the food and complaining to the chef. But before they can complain, a bunch of professional wrestlers at another table complain about roaches in their food. The two chefs come out and beat up the wrestlers. Kitano plays an assistant to a weird chairman of a society that's devoted to performing odd acts of charity. The chairman's son looks a lot like the Mr. Gumby character from Monty Python.

Kitano speaks very little in this film. Mostly he is silent and immobile much like the metal doll that stands in for him during the fight sequences. Once we get into the second half, he loosens up especially during his pantomime comedy bits. The film seems like it's a statement about being an aging film maker in the Japanese entertainment world. Unfortunately, for me the pacing was very slow at times and could have had a good 10 minutes cut out without losing any content. I laughed at some of the film but by the end I was wondering if the film was just Kitano screwing around with ideas.

I enjoyed watching this film but I have a had time recommending it to anyone but Kitano fans.


5 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
trailer mrdandylionface
Kantoku Banzai Prize! Sanjuro-15
Looks great, but.... hellotyler
Part of a trilogy! der_bobster
Kitano's 8 1/2 surym
Discuss Glory to the Filmmaker! (2007) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page