Takeshi Kitano Archive

  • Fireworks is the first Takeshi Kitano film I knew about. I remember seeing the ad, when Joe and I saw the revival of Mean Streets at the Nuart. The trailer […]

    Fireworks

    Fireworks is the first Takeshi Kitano film I knew about. I remember seeing the ad, when Joe and I saw the revival of Mean Streets at the Nuart. The trailer […]

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  • Zatoichi is Kitano’s bloodiest and most accessible film. It’s about a blind swordsman who wanders the countryside, performing acts of heroism. Kitano uses stock elements of chambara (the samurai period […]

    Zatoichi

    Zatoichi is Kitano’s bloodiest and most accessible film. It’s about a blind swordsman who wanders the countryside, performing acts of heroism. Kitano uses stock elements of chambara (the samurai period […]

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  • There’s the feeling, watching Takeshi Kitano’s films, that the man is either a cheerful pessimist, or he regards ambition as an inherent evil. Playfulness is the sole virtue of his […]

    Kids Return

    There’s the feeling, watching Takeshi Kitano’s films, that the man is either a cheerful pessimist, or he regards ambition as an inherent evil. Playfulness is the sole virtue of his […]

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  • And now for something completely different… From Takeshi Kitano, whose two films previous are violent, angry and disjointed, comes the slow, nearly eventless story of a deaf boy who wants […]

    A Scene At The Sea

    And now for something completely different… From Takeshi Kitano, whose two films previous are violent, angry and disjointed, comes the slow, nearly eventless story of a deaf boy who wants […]

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  • Boiling Point feels like a coming-of-age movie that sidesteps the Yakuza flick. It also feels like a gangster flick with a number of longeurs about a young boy who is […]

    Boiling Point

    Boiling Point feels like a coming-of-age movie that sidesteps the Yakuza flick. It also feels like a gangster flick with a number of longeurs about a young boy who is […]

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  • He’s not a hero. That’s clear from the outset. Violent Cop opens with a group of teens beating a homeless man. They run over his head with bikes. Azuma (“Beat” […]

    Violent Cop

    He’s not a hero. That’s clear from the outset. Violent Cop opens with a group of teens beating a homeless man. They run over his head with bikes. Azuma (“Beat” […]

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