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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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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

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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Beat Takeshi: That guy... the one who looks like me. What could his life be like?
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A two-in-one brainwash from Takeshi
24 January 2006 | by larguSee all my reviews

The story's simple enough. Two men, both called Takeshi, live in Tokyo. One is a well-known actor and one is an actor-wannabe who works in a convenience store. The two Takeshis are being played by the director of the movie Takeshi Kitano. It may sound a bit like "Being John Malcovich" but goes far beyond that.

Sure, the movie isn't for everyone but it's definitely interesting and at parts very visual and imaginative. It's without any doubt the most extreme Meta-movie I ever seen.

When a movie has many layers you usually describe it as a "deep" movie. Takeshis has an enormous amount of layers but most of them are paper thin, if not shallow. In the beginning you try to keep track of whether you're watching a dream or one of the two Takeshis reality. It turns out to be a futile task, especially after one caterpillar-scene too many (You'll know it when you see it).

Do remember that this is not "Memento". It's not really meant to make sense. OK, I've always been allergic to the popular urge to over-explain everything in movies but Takeshis might be a bit too far in the other extreme. A heady cocktail of randomness and logical short circuits but not more than most people experience under a good nights sleep, which is what this movie is all about. Dreams and dreams within dreams.

Please, watch Takeshis with an open mind. You either regard it as an aged directors milestone after a long and creative odyssey of ups and downs, much like Fellinis "8 ½", or you can look at it as an overstressed actors brain fart after too many crazy TV-shows and gangster movies.

It's a bumpy ride, it may be a bit too long, weird and garish but you might have a few laughs and at least you have something to talk about afterward. A bit like a theme-park then, isn't it?


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