SYNOPSIS | TAKESHI KITANO | CAST | CREW | PRODUCTION NOTE | TRAILER | CREDIT | JAPANESE | OFFICE KITANO
TAKESHI KITANO
 

For the first time in six years, Takeshi Kitano remained strictly behind the camera on DOLLS, his 10th film as a writer-director. Since his 1989 directorial debut, Kitano has written, directed, edited or starred in almost a film per year without losing the momentum of his originality and heightened artistic sensibility.

The extraordinary success of 1997's HANA-BI confirmed Kitano as a leading figure of international cinema. Among its numerous awards, HANA-BI won Venice's Golden Lion and was named Best Non-European Film by the European Film Academy. HANA-BI was cited on numerous “Best Films of the Year” lists, often in the premiere position.

In 2000, Kitano made BROTHER, his first film shot outside of his native Japan. Like BROTHER, Kitano-directed films such as his debut VIOLENT COP (1989), BOILING POINT (1990) and SONATINE (1993) centered around yakuza gangster characters. The filmmaker contrasted the violence and action of those films with comedy or tenderness in films like A SCENE AT THE SEA (1991), GETTING ANY? (1995), KIDS RETURN (1996) and KIKUJIRO (1999).

As an actor, Kitano has also appeared in films which he has not directed himself. He won international attention for his role in Nagisa Oshima's MERRY CHRISTMAS, MR. LAWRENCE (1983). He collaborated again with Oshima in 1999's samurai epic GOHATTO (TABOO). He recently appeared in Kinji Fukasaku's controversial 2001 Japanese box-office smash BATTLE ROYALE. His credits in films directed by non-Japanese filmmakers include include Robert Longo's JOHNNY MNEMONIC (US, 1995) and Jean-Pierre Limosin's TOKYO EYES (France, 1998).

Kitano was born in Tokyo in 1947 and entered show business in 1972 as “Beat” Takeshi, the stage name he continues to use today as a performer. As part of the comic duo Two Beats, Kitano was one of the leading figures in the manzai (stand-up comedy) boom in the late 1970s. With his distinctive art of speech and his idiosyncratic perspective, Kitano became one of the most popular entertainers in the country during the 1980s.

After an incredibly prolific and diverse 25-year career, Kitano continues to be one of the foremost personalities in Japan. He participates in five TV programs weekly, as well as several TV films and specials per year. He has written a number of novels and collections of short stories, essays and poetry. Also an accomplished cartoonist and painter, Kitano's artwork can be scene in HANA-BI and KIKUJIRO.

FILMOGRAPHY  
 
FILMMAKER ACTOR

2002 DOLLS
director, writer, editor

2000 BROTHER
director, writer, editor

1999 KIKUJIRO
director, writer, editor

1997 HANA-BI (FIREWORKS)
director, writer, editor

1996 KIDS RETURN
director, writer, editor

1995 GETTING ANY?
director, writer, editor

1993 SONATINE
director, writer, editor

1991 A SCENE AT THE SEA
director, writer, editor

1990 BOILING POINT
director, writer, editor

1989 VIOLENT COP
director

2001 BATTLE ROYALE (dir. Kinji Fukasaku)

2000 BROTHER

1999 TABOO (GOHATTO) (dir. Nagisa Oshima)

1999 KIKUJIRO

1998 TOKYO EYES (dir. Jean-Pierre Limosin)

1997 HANA-BI (FIREWORKS)

1995 FIVE OF THEM (GONIN) (dir. Takashi Ishii)

1995 GETTING ANY?

1994 JOHNNY MNEMONIC (dir. Robert Longo)

1993 SONATINE

1993 MANY HAPPY RETURNS (KYOUSO TANJOU)
(dir. Toshihiro Tenma)

1990 BOILING POINT

1989 VIOLENT COP

1983 MERRY CHRISTMAS, MR. LAWRENCE
(dir. Nagisa Oshima)

  TOP

Stills data for DOLLS can be used only if the representation and the notation of the copyright are correctly and clearly indicated in space or on screen.

© 2002 BANDAI VISUAL, TOKYO FM, TELEVISION TOKYO and OFFICE KITANO