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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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Takeshi Kitano

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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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500% Kitano - nothing to add!

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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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Dolby Digital

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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 »

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[first and last lines]
Beat Takeshi: Now what?
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Don't be afraid
10 April 2006 | by bruce_files_3See all my reviews

Many will say this was a very strange film ; a film only for Kitano's fans. And yes, those who have an open mind and those who have seen and loved most of his previous films will love "Takeshis'". Enough said about them.

Now, about all the rest, and its the majority of the audience, I think you cant use too many words to describe this film, and at the same time, there are so much one could say about the feedback he or she got from it.

What everyone will accept though is that "Takeshis'" is a brilliant idea. But not only about the story itself. Its mostly how the director is using the story to comment the characters he has created as a writer/director over the years, that makes it brilliant.

So newbies, go see this movie and if not anything else, you will laugh a little. But if you are lucky enough to sit back and enjoy it, you will possibly give yourself the opportunity to enter the beautiful world of Japan's greatest director today.


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