films seen
19
average score
4.10*
nationality
Japan - 72 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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One of Japan's most (in)famous and essential directors, known for his comedy-fueled crime cinema, quirky sense of humor and dry delivery. Besides directing, he's also an avid actor, writer and editor, a true renaissance man in other words.

Beyond exceptional

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Dolls

by Takeshi Kitano
Specifics
Japan [2002] - 114 mins
Genre
Drama, Romance
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5.0

Dolls is a tragedy wrapped up in a very stylish and atmospheric cocoon, allowing the audience to be swamped by its sadness, but without ever letting go off the beauty that surrounds it.

Rare treats

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Kikujiro

by Takeshi Kitano
Also known as
Kikujiro no Natsu
Specifics
Japan [1999] - 121 mins
Genre
Comedy, Drama
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4.5

Kitano's humor is simple, somewhat childish and often improvised, but thanks to the typical editing and his superb comical body language it works wonders.

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Fireworks

by Takeshi Kitano
Also known as
Hana-bi
Specifics
Japan [1997] - 103 mins
Genre
Crime, Comedy
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4.5

Fireworks is a real delight. It's a simple, accessible film but with enough unique elements to keep you surprised and interested. The film is also the perfect showcase for Kitano's versatility.

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Outrage

by Takeshi Kitano
Also known as
Autoreiji
Specifics
Japan [2010] - 109 mins
Genre
Crime
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4.5

The first hour or so provides a solid setup, introducing all characters and factions related to the Yakuza gang, while the final 30 minutes are the icing on the cake.

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Sonatine

by Takeshi Kitano
Specifics
Japan [1993] - 94 mins
Genre
Comedy
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4.5

Even though the films Kitano made prior to Sonatine aren't bad at all, Sonatine is the first true testament to his genius.

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Takeshis'

by Takeshi Kitano
Specifics
Japan [2005] - 108 mins
Genre
Comedy
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4.5

The good thing is that it's not all just an ode to himself, Kitano doesn't mind making some fun of himself or the people around him.

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Achilles and the Tortoise

by Takeshi Kitano
Also known as
Akiresu to Kame
Specifics
Japan [2008] - 119 mins
Genre
Comedy
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4.5

A must for Kitano fans and probably art fans alike (as all paintings were made by Kitano himself and are apparently based on existing paintings).

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Glory to the Filmmaker

by Takeshi Kitano
Also known as
Kantoku: Banzai!
Specifics
Japan [2007] - 108 mins
Genre
Comedy
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4.5

Glory to the Filmmaker is one big happy mess of filmmaking, referencing many other directors, resembling many more, but defying them all by making something totally unique and totally Kitano.

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Brother

by Takeshi Kitano
Specifics
USA [2000] - 114 mins
Genre
Crime
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4.5

Brother is not an American Kitano film, it's a Kitano film set in America. If you liked Sonatine, Hana-bi and 3-4x Jugatsu then you really can't go wrong with this one.

The good stuff

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Outrage Coda

by Takeshi Kitano
Specifics
Japan [2017] - 104 mins
Genre
Crime
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4.0

A more than respectable finish to Kitano's Outrage trilogy. It's like watching chess, only without knowing which pieces are controlled by what player. Slick, harsh and with a wry sense of humor, Kitano remains the master of the Yakuza film.

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Outrage: Beyond

by Takeshi Kitano
Also known as
Autoreiji: Biyondo
Specifics
Japan [2012] - 110 mins
Genre
Crime
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4.0

Outrage: Beyond falls just a little short of its predecessor. Because of the fact that it feels like the middle section of a full-blown trilogy the ending isn't as convincing as it could've been.

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Getting Any?

by Takeshi Kitano
Also known as
Minna-yatteruka!
Specifics
Japan [1994] - 108 mins
Genre
Comedy
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4.0

The only genuine comedy feature Kitano ever directed. While comedy it a big part of his oeuvre, it tends to come second in his films. Expect plenty of dry, absurd and crazy comedy sketches, held together by a slim storyline. It's funny though and that's what really matters. Not Kitano's best, but thoroughly entertaining.

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Zatôichi

by Takeshi Kitano
Specifics
Japan [2003] - 116 mins
Genre
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
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4.0
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Kids Return

by Takeshi Kitano
Also known as
Kizzu Ritân
Specifics
Japan [1996] - 107 mins
Genre
Crime, Drama, Sport
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4.0
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A Scene at the Sea

by Takeshi Kitano
Also known as
Ano Natsu, Ichiban Shizukana Umi
Specifics
Japan [1991] - 101 mins
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Romance
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4.0

Solid pieces

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Boiling Point

by Takeshi Kitano
Also known as
3-4x Jûgatsu
Specifics
Japan [1990] - 96 mins
Genre
Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
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3.5
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Violent Cop

by Takeshi Kitano
Also known as
Sono Otoko, Kyôbô ni Tsuki
Specifics
Japan [1989] - 103 mins
Genre
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
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3.5

The inoffensive

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Ryuzo and His Seven Henchmen

by Takeshi Kitano
Also known as
Ryûzô to 7 Nin no Kobun Tachi
Specifics
Japan [2015] - 125 mins
Genre
Action, Comedy
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3.0
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Chacun Son Cinéma

by Theodoros Angelopoulos, Olivier Assayas, Bille August, Jane Campion, Youssef Chahine, Kaige Chen, Michael Cimino, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, David Cronenberg, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Manoel de Oliveira, Raymond Depardon, Atom Egoyan, Amos Gitai, Hsiao-hsien Hou, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Aki Kaurismäki, Abbas Kiarostami, Takeshi Kitano, Andrey Konchalovskiy, Claude Lelouch, Ken Loach, David Lynch, Nanni Moretti, Roman Polanski, Raoul Ruiz, Walter Salles, Elia Suleiman, Ming-liang Tsai, Gus Van Sant, Lars von Trier, Wim Wenders, Kar-Wai Wong, Yimou Zhang
Specifics
France [2007] - 100 mins
Genre
Comedy, Drama
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