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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

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Takeshi Kitano
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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 ... Mahjong Parlor Woman / Audition Producer / Customer
Ren Osugi ... Takeshi's Manager / Taxi Driver (as Ren Ôsugi)
Susumu Terajima ... Takeshi's Friend / Kitano's Yakuza Neighbor
Tetsu Watanabe ... TV Wardrobe Master / Noodle Cook / Audition Actor
Akihiro Miwa Akihiro Miwa ... Self
Naomasa Musaka Naomasa Musaka ... Film studios Tattooist
Kôichi Ueda Kôichi Ueda ... Film crew member close to the Director
Tsutomu Takeshige Tsutomu Takeshige
Junya Takaki Junya Takaki ... Self
Shôgo Kimura Shôgo Kimura
Kanji Tsuda Kanji Tsuda ... Film Director
Makoto Ashikawa Makoto Ashikawa ... Assistant at audition
Tamotsu Ishibashi Tamotsu Ishibashi
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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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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 »

Quotes

Beat Takeshi: He looks like me.
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Connections

Spoofs Shakugan No Shana (2005) See more »

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poem
21 July 2006 | by dvckingsSee all my reviews

The film is very poetic! If you are looking for a traditional narrative format, you may not be satisfied. It is a very complex film, and the structure is very complicated, too. The plot seems not making any sense, but it is so attractive, making you watch it all the way from the top to the end. Though the flow of the film is like dreaming, all the transitions are so smooth and surprising. The film creates you a very rare film-watching experience, which is very unique and new. Maybe, it is Takeshi's version of Fellini's "8 1/2" In my opinion, it is the 2nd best film of all Takeshi's work, after Hana-bi. It is very courage for Takeshi making this successful film.


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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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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,270,717
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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