With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Happy Birthday, Takeshi Kitano

Kitano in Outrage

Takeshi Kitano was born on January 18, 1947 in Tokyo. He began his entertainment career as a comedian. As part of a duo know as Two Beat, or sometimes The Two Beats, he became known as "Beat Takeshi."

Kitano in his role as director on the set of Outrage

He is a film director and actor, as well as a writer of both screenplays and books. As a director he is known in the U.S. for such films as Outrage (2010), The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (2003), and Sonatine (1993). He also acted in all of these.

Kitano, left, in Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

He also is well known for his roles in Battle Royale (2000) and Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983), among others.

In Achilles and the Tortoise (2008) which he also wrote and directed

So, Happy Birthday, 'Beat Takeshi', and best wishes for many more.