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Takeshi Kitano (Beat Takeshi)

Takeshi Kitano (Beat Takeshi)

“Sword fighting in film is not about how good the fighter is, but how good the actor receiving the blows is.”

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    Violent Cop

    VIOLENT COP

    TAKESHI KITANO (BEAT TAKESHI) Japan, 1989

    Upending cop-thriller tropes with deadpan wit, Takeshi Kitano’s directorial debut is acutely alive to how violence makes itself manifest. By turns incendiary and disconcertingly tranquil, this electrifying film explores how quickly society can become numb to everyday brutality.

    Boiling Point

    BOILING POINT

    TAKESHI KITANO (BEAT TAKESHI) Japan, 1990

    In his second feature film, Takeshi Kitano dives further into Japan’s underworld by way of a baseball player turned patsy in this carefully plotted road trip lined with vengeance. Boiling Point deepens Kitano’s analysis of male violence…while also featuring one of cinema’s greatest karaoke scenes.

    Outrage Coda

    OUTRAGE CODA

    TAKESHI KITANO (BEAT TAKESHI) Japan, 2017

    In this mighty finale to his Outrage series, Takeshi Kitano explores the decay and decline of the modern yakuza. The turbulent struggle across and within neighboring clans delivers darkly comic thrills, while beneath the surface of this gang war lies an indelible meditation on old age.

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