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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.

Director:

Takeshi Kitano

Writer:

Takeshi Kitano
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Takeshi Kitano ... Beat Takeshi / Mr. Kitano (as Beat Takeshi)
Kotomi Kyôno Kotomi Kyôno ... Takeshi's Girl Friend / Kitano's Female Neighbor (as Kotomi Kyono)
Kayoko Kishimoto Kayoko Kishimoto ... Mahjong Parlor Woman / Audition Producer / Customer
Ren Osugi ... Takeshi's Manager / Taxi Driver (as Ren Ôsugi)
Susumu Terajima Susumu Terajima ... Takeshi's Friend / Kitano's Yakuza Neighbor
Tetsu Watanabe ... TV Wardrobe Master / Noodle Cook / Audition Actor
Akihiro Miwa Akihiro Miwa ... Himself
Naomasa Musaka Naomasa Musaka ... Film studios Tattooist
Kôichi Ueda Kôichi Ueda ... Film crew member close to the Director
Tsutomu Takeshige Tsutomu Takeshige
Bîto Kiyoshi Bîto Kiyoshi
Junya Takaki Junya Takaki ... Himself
Shôgo Kimura Shôgo Kimura
Kanji Tsuda Kanji Tsuda ... Film Director
Makoto Ashikawa Makoto Ashikawa ... Assistant at audition
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

500% Kitano - nothing to add!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

5 November 2005 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Fractal See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

[when Kitano asks Beat Takeshi for his autograph]
Kitano: Could you write "To Mr. Kitano?"
Beat Takeshi: The same surname as mine?
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References Roman Holiday (1953) See more »

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You have to be a Takeshi Fan?
12 September 2005 | by JamesterSee all my reviews

I wasn't too keen on this film. While the overall plot is intriguing, with the 'real' Takeshi Kitano contrasting a 'look-alike' Takeshi Kitano with some interesting plot points, sequences and a story that is actually well-acted and entertaining, the style of this film took me for a loop.

Some sequences became fantasy sequences, but this wasn't realized until after the fact. Hence, this left me second guessing the truthfullness of the narrative as I was watching. The second guessing feeling, I think, held me back from fully engrossing myself in this as I started to question the story-teller and what I was seeing on the screen. When the movie ended, while the majority of these jumps in time or possibility were explained, I still had some uncertainty about what had actually happened. This feeling of not really knowing what I saw left me feeling very uncertain, and slightly confused. Somehow, I prefer movies that are relatively straightforward -- at least by the end of the story.

On the plus side, strong acting overall which viewers will find enjoyable. Seeing one actor play two strongly contrasting characters so well is indeed rewarding in itself. For that alone, I would recommend checking this out.


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