films seen
19
average score
4.10*
nationality
Japan - 74 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

Dolls

by Takeshi Kitano
Specifics
Japan [2002] - 114m
Genre
Drama, Romance
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rating
5.0*/5.0*
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Dolls poster

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

Kikujiro

by Takeshi Kitano
Also known as
Kikujiro no Natsu
Specifics
Japan [1999] - 121m
Genre
Comedy, Drama
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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Kikujiro poster

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.

Fireworks

by Takeshi Kitano
Also known as
Hana-bi
Specifics
Japan [1997] - 103m
Genre
Comedy, Crime
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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Fireworks poster

The perfect showcase for Kitano's versatility. It's funny, poetic, violent and leaves you with a perfect dramatic punch in the gut that lingers long beyond the end credits.

Sonatine

by Takeshi Kitano
Specifics
Japan [1993] - 94m
Genre
Comedy, Crime
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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Sonatine poster

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

Takeshis'

by Takeshi Kitano
Specifics
Japan [2005] - 108m
Genre
Comedy
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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Takeshis' poster

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.

Outrage

by Takeshi Kitano
Also known as
Autoreiji
Specifics
Japan [2010] - 109m
Genre
Crime
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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Outrage poster

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.

Glory to the Filmmaker

by Takeshi Kitano
Also known as
Kantoku: Banzai!
Specifics
Japan [2007] - 108m
Genre
Comedy
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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Glory to the Filmmaker poster

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.

Brother

by Takeshi Kitano
Specifics
USA [2000] - 114m
Genre
Crime
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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Brother poster

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.

Achilles and the Tortoise

by Takeshi Kitano
Also known as
Akiresu to Kame
Specifics
Japan [2008] - 119m
Genre
Comedy
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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Achilles and the Tortoise poster

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).

The good stuff

Outrage: Coda

by Takeshi Kitano
Specifics
Japan [2017] - 104m
Genre
Crime
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
Outrage: Coda poster

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.

Zatôichi

by Takeshi Kitano
Specifics
Japan [2003] - 116m
Genre
Comedy, Action
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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Zatôichi poster

Never watched a classic Zatoichi, even then it's obvious Kitano made this character and this franchise his own. Some very typical comical elements, a superb soundtrack, short bursts of stylized violence and Kitano taking up the lead. It's everything you'd expect from a Kitano film, only set in world of samurais and blind masseurs.

Outrage: Beyond

by Takeshi Kitano
Also known as
Autoreiji: Biyondo
Specifics
Japan [2012] - 110m
Genre
Crime
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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Outrage: Beyond poster

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.

Getting Any?

by Takeshi Kitano
Also known as
Minna-yatteruka!
Specifics
Japan [1995] - 108m
Genre
Comedy
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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Getting Any? poster

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.

A Scene at the Sea

by Takeshi Kitano
Also known as
Ano Natsu, Ichiban Shizukana Umi
Specifics
Japan [1991] - 101m
Genre
Comedy, Drama
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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A Scene at the Sea poster

A beautiful little drama. Kitano's style is already in full effect here. The quirky yet loveable characters, the stark cinematography, the dry comedy, Hisaishi's perfectly complimentary score that gives the film its heart. It may not be able to compete with Kitano's best work, but it's so pleasant that the unexpected ending floored me again.

Kids Return

by Takeshi Kitano
Also known as
Kizzu Ritân
Specifics
Japan [1996] - 107m
Genre
Crime, Sport
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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Kids Return poster

One of Kitano's more basic dramas, even then he finds ample ways to let it shine. Certainly not his most dashing or distinctive film, but the characters are all lovely, performances are strong, the atmosphere is pleasantly meandering and Hisaishi's soundtrack is once again a big asset. I've seen this film a couple of times now and it has never disappointed me. Quality film making.

Solid pieces

Boiling Point

by Takeshi Kitano
Also known as
3-4x Jûgatsu
Specifics
Japan [1990] - 96m
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Action, Thriller, Crime
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Boiling Point poster

Violent Cop

by Takeshi Kitano
Also known as
Sono Otoko, Kyôbô ni Tsuki
Specifics
Japan [1989] - 103m
Genre
Drama, Action, Thriller, Crime
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Violent Cop poster

The inoffensive

Ryuzo and His Seven Henchmen

by Takeshi Kitano
Also known as
Ryûzô to 7 Nin no Kobun Tachi
Specifics
Japan [2015] - 125m
Genre
Comedy, Action
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Ryuzo and His Seven Henchmen poster

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] - 100m
Genre
Comedy, Drama
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Chacun Son Cinéma poster