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Takeshi Kitano

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Merry Christmas, Mr. LawrenceMerry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983) Recommended
Dir. Nagisa Oshima
Feat. David Bowie, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Takeshi Kitano
David Bowie endures the hardships of a Japanese POW camp in WWII. Stylish melodrama, memorably scored by Ryuichi Sakamoto.
Violent CopViolent Cop (1989) Aro Favourite
Dir. Takeshi Kitano
Feat. Takeshi Kitano
Popular entertainer 'Beat' Takeshi's directing debut is a stylish, witty yet cynical and disturbing elegy to violence executed with alarming…
Takeshi Kitano BoxsetTakeshi Kitano Boxset (Violent Cop, Boiling Point, Sonatine) (1989-1994)
Dir. Takeshi Kitano
A boxset trilogy of 'Beat' Takeshi Kitano's earliest yakuza films.
Boiling PointBoiling Point (3-4x10) (1990)
Dir. Takeshi Kitano
Feat. Takeshi Kitano
Director 'Beat' Takeshi captures the relentlessly simmering tensions between yakuza factions mainly focusing on a docile gas station attendant and a…
Scene at the Sea, AScene at the Sea, A (1991)
Dir. Takeshi Kitano
Feat. Kuroudo Maki, Hiroko Oshima, Sabu Kawahara
One from dir. Kitano’s (HANA–BI) quieter side, this fable of deaf–mute garbageman’s obsession with surfing is deceptively minimal,…
SonatineSonatine (1993)
Dir. Takeshi Kitano
Feat. Takeshi Kitano, Ayo Kokumai, Tetsu Watanabe
Those familiar with 'Beat' Takeshi's films will know what to expect from this latest elegy to gangster violence. His personal demons manifest in…
Johnny MnemonicJohnny Mnemonic (1995)
Dir. Richard Longo
Feat. Keanu Reeves, Dina Meyer, Ice-T
Keanu Reeves as futuristic cyber courier, dude! Aimed well below the high–concept, author William Gibson gleefully cannibalizes much of his…
Kids ReturnKids Return (1996)
Dir. Takeshi Kitano
Feat. Ando Masanobu, Kaneko Ken
Two feckless delinquents discover the local boxing–gym, which provides inspiration for one and an entry into a yakuza gang for the other.…
Hana-BiHana-Bi (1997) Aro Favourite
Dir. Takeshi Kitano
Feat. Takeshi Kitano, Kayoko Kishimoto, Ren Osusi
'Beat' Takeshi cements his reputation as the modern visionary of Japanese cinema with his most celebrated film to date, returning as the formidably…
KikujiroKikujiro (Kikujiro no Natsu) (1999)
Dir. Takeshi Kitano
Feat. Takeshi Kitano
An uncharacteristically easy–going, episodic road movie from one–man movie machine, Beat Takeshi, whose impassive screen persona snugly…

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