Different Books by Kitano

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Title: Asakusa Kiddo (Asakusa Kid)
Publishing Company: Shinchosha
Country: Japan
Release date: 1992-11-01
Writer: Beat Takeshi
Language: Japanese
Pages: 248
Format: Soft-Cover
Etailer: Amazon [Japan]
  

Title: Beat Takeshi no mokushiroku (Beat Takeshi?s Apocalypse)
Publishing Company: Tokuma Shoten Publishing
Country: Japan
Release date: 2003-05-01
Writer: Beat Takeshi
Language: Japanese
Pages: 250
Format: Soft-Cover
Etailer: Amazon [Japan]
  

Title: Beat Takeshi x Hawking Aoyama Taidan: Nihon no Sahou (Beat Takeshi x Hawking Aoyama Conference: Japa
Publishing Company: Shinpusha
Country: Japan
Release date: 2002-10-28
Writer: Beat Takeshi
Language: Japanese
Pages: 208
Format: Soft-Cover
Etailer: Amazon [Japan]
Notes: Beat Takeshi and Hawking Aoyama, two foremost personalities, who are famous for sincerely illuminate a discriminational structure in Japan. It is the epoch-making conversational style book, that presents new Japanese manners to the Japanese society, which has many types of discrimination caused by the traditional social norms and rituals. (From Shinpusha site)
  

Title: Boy
Publishing Company: Vertical
Country: US
Release date: 2007-08-14
Writer: Beat Takeshi
Editor: David James Karashima
Language: English
Pages: 128
Format: Soft Cover
Etailer: Amazon
  
Review: From Publishers Weekly
The first American translation of acclaimed filmmaker Kitano's fiction is comprised of three short stories touching on different moments in childhood. The first, "The Champion in a Padded Kimono," features two brothers, one more athletically inclined than the other, at their elementary school's track and field day; the two enact the boyhood rituals of friendship and hero worship. The second story, "The Nest of Stars," narrated by the younger of two brothers, is the best of the three. Equally unpopular, the pair use astronomy as a vehicle for grief over their father, who gave them a telescope before he died. When their mother introduces her new boyfriend, the boys react badly. The final tale, "Okame-san" follows a nerdy, history-buff teenager to Kyoto, where he meets a biker bad girl who tries to loosen him up a little. Kitano has real insights into coming-of-age milestones and the growing pains of adolescence, but the unembellished prose, as rendered here, doesn't always bring them into focus.
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Title: Choujou Taidan (Top Conference/ Top Dialogue)
Publishing Company: Shinchosha
Country: Japan
Release date: 2001-10-01
Writer: Beat Takeshi
Language: Japanese
Pages: 286
Format: Soft-Cover
Etailer: Amazon [Japan]
  

Title: Comanechi 2: Brother Dai Tokushu (Comaneci 2: Special Report on Brother)
Publishing Company: Shinchosha
Country: Japan
Release date: 2000-12-08
Writer: Beat Takeshi
Language: Japanese
Pages: 322
Format: Soft-Cover
Etailer: Office Kitano
Notes: The book consists of two main themes. One is about his film Brother, from a production diary to kitano's personal thoughts on the film. The other is about the US itself, from Kitano's personal views on the US (kind of colonial vs post-colonial) to differences and efficiency of the Hollywood system (including the tight union system) in film making and the difficulties to shoot on location in the US with Japanese crew namely Kitano-Gumi.

Notes by Ryuichiro Tsutsumi.
  

Title: Comanechi! ? Beat Takeshi Zen Kiroku (Comaneci! ? Every Record of Beat Takeshi)
Publishing Company: Shinchosha
Country: Japan
Release date: 1999-05-01
Writer: Buccheri Vincenzo
Language: Japanese
Pages: 404
Format: Soft-Cover
Etailer: Amazon [Japan]
  

Title: Hikari (Light) 北野武「光」
Publishing Company: Rockin' On
Country: Japan
Release date: 2005-11-06
Writer: Kitano Takeshi
Language: Japanese
Pages: 208
Format: Hard-Cover
Etailer: Amazon [Japan]
Notes: Following Yosei, Kodoku, Jikou, and Igyo, Hiraki is the fifth of the autobiographical interview book series by Kitano.

Hikari, is divided into eight chapters in various topics.

Talk on Acting - How Kitano as an actor is enlightened by Chi to Hone

Talk on Music - Music for Beat Takeshi as a person / Music for Takeshi Kitano as a director

Talk on Leisure Time - The time when Kitano will let Beat Takeshi take a rest

Talk on Readers - What is a book for Kitano

Talk on Craftsman/Artificer - Job, Technique, and Father for Kitano

Talk on Traveling - Worldwide famous Kitano travels

Talk on Generation - Generation on Kitano's back, Generation Kitano adrifted

Talk on Present and Future - Las Vegas, Success of Zatoichi, Life, and Readiness of Death
  

Title: Ichiro x Kitano Takeshi Catchball (Ichiro x Kitano Takeshi Play Catch)
Publishing Company: Pia
Country: Japan
Release date: 2003-06-01
Writer: Beat Takeshi
Language: Japanese
Pages: 150
Format: Soft-Cover
Etailer: Amazon [Japan]
  

Title: Igyo (Odd-looking)
Publishing Company: Rockin On
Country: Japan
Release date: 2004-12-06
Writer: Beat Takeshi
Language: Japanese
Pages: 216
Format: Hard-Cover
Etailer: Amazon [Japan]
Notes: Consisting of original topics, exclusively written for this book, Kitano speaks out about things never spoken about earlier. In the chapter Nikutai wo kataru, Kitano talks about his physical training for Chi to Hone. Another chapter Two Beat wo kataru deals with his former partner former partner Beat Kiyoshi, and in Kagaku wo kataru Kitano acknowledges his own personal insight and philosophy toward science. [Rockin' On]
  

Title: Jikou (Prescription)
Publishing Company: Rockin On
Country: Japan
Release date: 2003-09-12
Writer: Beat Takeshi
Language: Japanese
Pages: 218
Format: Soft-Cover
Etailer: Amazon [Japan]
  

Title: Jinginaki Eiga-ron (Film Essay without Honor and Humanity)
Publishing Company: Liberal arts
Country: Japan
Release date: 1996-04-01
Writer: Beat Takeshi
Language: Japanese
Pages: 277
Format: Soft-Cover
Etailer: Amazon [Japan]
  

Title: Kantoku Takeshi ? Kitano Gumi Zen Kiroku (Director Takeshi ? Every Record of Kitano Team)
Publishing Company: Oota Shuppan
Country: Japan
Release date: 1989-08-01
Writer: Beat Takeshi
Language: Japanese
Pages: 225
Format: Soft-Cover
Etailer: Amazon [Japan]
  

Title: Kekkyoku wakarimasen deshita ? Za chiteki manzai (It was not understood after all ? The Intellectual
Publishing Company: Shueisha Publishing
Country: Japan
Release date: 1999-07-01
Writer: Beat Takeshi
Language: Japanese
Pages: 330
Format: Soft-Cover
Etailer: Amazon [Japan]
  

Title: Kikujiro to Saki (Kikujiro and Saki)
Publishing Company: Shinchosha
Release date: 2001-11-01
Writer: Beat Takeshi
Language: Japanese
Pages: 134
Format: Soft-Cover
Etailer: Amazon [Japan]
Notes: An autobiographical account of Kitano's Tokyo childhood. Was later made into a TV-series.
  

Title: Kodoku (Alone)
Publishing Company: Rockin On
Country: Japan
Release date: 2002-07-26
Writer: Beat Takeshi
Language: Japanese
Pages: 240
Format: Soft-Cover
Etailer: Amazon [Japan]
  
Review: As a comedian and TV personality, Beat Takeshi (real name Takeshi Kitano) is one of the most popular entertainers in Japan. His sarcastic gags, sometimes embarrassing, amuse viewers whatever show he appears on. Overseas, Takeshi is widely respected as a film director and has won many international awards.

No one doubts Takeshi's success both inside and outside of Japan, and many media frequently feature him but few publications ever delve into his past life. This may be because some members of the media fear Takeshi, who attacked the editor of scandal magazine Friday in 1986, and was subsequently arrested for it.

In his book "Kodoku" (Alone) published by rockin'on, Takeshi opens up a little bit about his 55 years. He remembers his father as a nasty man. "He provided for us well but I only remember him beating my mother," he writes. Fortunately, neither Takeshi, his older sister and two older bothers were ever hit by their father.

One might conclude that this early exposure to violence is reflected in his violent movies, but Takeshi says this is not so. "Many people say my films are violent, but this is because I have believed that shooting-spree movies are the most interesting since my childhood. That's why I tend to make such kinds of movies. It's nothing serious."

Due to his violent movies, straightforward way of speaking and his fierce looks, Takeshi gives the impression that he's afraid of nothing and depends on no one. However, he is still indebted to his oldest brother, who actually organized the family instead of their father.

According to Takeshi, "He was practically the head of the family. He consulted with my mother and raised the education tuition for my sister, Masaru (another older brother) and me too. Because my father spent most of his salary on drinking, my eldest brother did everything. I didn't know about it at that time though."

Whether this unique family situation contributed to Takeshi's distinct style is debatable, but at least it can be said that he's not a blue blood in the entertainment world. He clawed his way up from the lower echelons of society.

No book on Takeshi would be complete without mentioning his love of baseball. Some time ago, he emceed a TV program, "Beat Takeshi-no-sports-taisho" (Sports grand prize of Beat Takeshi). He also made up a baseball team of his fans and had a game against a selected amateur team every week. It was rubber ball baseball, but Takeshi's team once defeated the Hanshin Tigers, which is a professional team.

He no longer plays baseball, but played 150 games per year when he was younger. "Playing 150 games per year is probably excessive. Sometimes the schedule was so grueling it was like being a prisoner of war in Siberia," he muses.

Since his childhood, Takeshi has been a fan of the Yomiuri Giants and their star player Shigeo Nagashima, the living legend of the Japanese baseball world. However, he says that now he hardly watches the Giants; in fact he prefers the U.S. Major League because it is such a higher level.

Takeshi has reached a point where his remarks are no longer taken as just a comedian's comments but as a very persuasive intellectual. His vulgar background may make ordinary Japanese people sympathize with his views.

Another endearing point is that even though Takeshi has become a big celebrity, his manner of talking and seeing things are the same as before with no trace of big-headedness. It's not what he says or how sophisticated his films are but his innermost simplicity that is his greatest talent.

Review by Takanori Kobayashi [Japan Today, August 16, 2002]. All rights are reserved by Takanori Kobayashi and Kitanotakeshi.com.

  

Title: Kyoto Kaidan (Magnate Conference / Magnate Meeting)
Publishing Company: Shinchosha
Country: Japan
Release date: 2003-10-16
Writer: Beat Takeshi
Language: Japanese
Pages: 255
Format: Soft-Cover
Etailer: Amazon [Japan]
  

Title: Mr.
Publishing Company: Acunetix
Country: USA
Release date: 0000-00-00
Writer: 1
Editor: 1
Language: 20
Pages: 20
Format: 1
Etailer: ixtlssnv
Notes: 1
  
Review: 1
  

Title: Mr.
Publishing Company: Acunetix
Country: USA
Release date: 0000-00-00
Writer: 1
Editor: 1
Language: 20
Pages: 20
Format: 1
Etailer: wgaboepe
Notes: 1
  
Review: 1
  

Title: Naissance d'un gourou
Publishing Company: Deno
Country: France
Release date: 2005-06-02
Writer: Kitano Takeshi
Editor: Karine Chesneau
Language: French
Pages: 224
Format: Soft-Cover
Etailer: Amazon [France]
Notes: Kazuo lost his job, his girl friend plated for another and he is haunted by great metaphysics questions. When he by chance meets a strange religious community, he clings to it, as a life buoy. However, the spiritual Master is a swindler, and his assistant a smooth talker without scruple. As for the followers, they especially seem to seek spirituality in bars and brothels. Kazuo is decided to take some action, but destiny takes a turn, and in less time than one can say "Zen", things take a strange turn.... [Deno?l]
  

Title: Omaeno fukoniwa wakega aru (There is a reason for your unhappiness)
Publishing Company: Shinchosha
Country: Japan
Release date: 2003-11-01
Writer: Beat Takeshi
Language: Japanese
Pages: 267
Format: Soft-Cover
Etailer: Amazon [Japan]
  

Title: Shounen (Boy)
Publishing Company: Shinchosha
Country: Japan
Release date: 1992-01-01
Writer: Beat Takeshi
Language: Japanese
Pages: 155
Format: Soft-Cover
Etailer: Amazon [Japan]
  

Title: Sonobakaga tomaranai ? Takeshi no chukyu kenjagaku kouza (The that fool does not stop ? Takeshi?s wi
Publishing Company: Shinchosha
Country: Japan
Release date: 2003-02-01
Writer: Beat Takeshi
Language: Japanese
Pages: 263
Format: Soft-Cover
Etailer: Amazon [Japan]
  

Title: Takeshi ga Takeshi wo korosu riyuu (The reason why Takeshi kills Takeshi)
Publishing Company: Rockin On
Country: Japan
Release date: 2003-09-24
Writer: Beat Takeshi
Language: Japanese
Pages: 355
Format: Soft-Cover
Etailer: Amazon [Japan]
  

Title: Takeshi no 20 Seiki Nihonshi (Takeshi?s 20 Century Japanese History)
Publishing Company: Shinchosha
Country: Japan
Release date: 1998-04-01
Writer: Beat Takeshi
Language: Japanese
Pages: 209
Format: Soft-Cover
Etailer: Amazon [Japan]
  

Title: Takeshi no shinutameno ikikata (Takeshi?s way of living to die)
Publishing Company: Shueisha Publishing
Country: Japan
Release date: 1997-07-01
Writer: Beat Takeshi
Language: Japanese
Pages: 224
Format: Soft-Cover
Etailer: Amazon [Japan]
  

Title: Waruguchi no Gijutsu (Technique of Bad Mouth)
Publishing Company: Shinchosha
Country: Japan
Release date: 2003-01-01
Writer: Beat Takeshi
Language: Japanese
Pages: 220
Format: Soft-Cover
Etailer: Amazon [Japan]
  

Title: Warum ich Frauen trotzdem mag
Publishing Company: Angkor Verlag
Country: Germany
Release date: 2004-06-01
Writer: Kitano Takeshi
Editor: Guido Keller
Language: German
Pages: 98
Format: Soft-Cover
Etailer: Amazon [Germany]
Notes: A German translation of "Soredemo Onnaga Suki" with 6 pages of glossary for those unfamiliar with Japanese costums and personalities.
  
Review: Where most know Kitano Takeshi as a serious film maker, another side of his persona is the provocateur and social satirist "Beat" Takeshi. Here "Beat" speaks out about women, sex, adultery, marriage and so forth, with a highly satirical and provocative humour.

As the title may suggest, the target are the women of today. Amongst other, "Beat" accuses todays independent women of being the cause for impotence, as men are getting tired of having to do all sorts of things, just to have sex with them; Why spend tons of money on dinners and flowers and wasting several weeks courting, when you can go down and get off, faster and cheaper, with a soap girl?, is one of the many questions he rhetorically asks. In his critic of the modern woman, he also attacks the institution of marriage, suggests that all women are whores, that mothers spoil their children and that the way they raise their kids are the cause of several problems of today.
Yet, despite women obviously are the source to all problems, "Beat" admits that he can't live without them. Why? Because he always is horny. In several comments, "Beat" goes into great detail about getting erections watching the asses of the nurses at the hospital following his accident, "Here I laid, smashed up by the accident, and it would have been a good time to contemplate life and so forth, but all I could think of was the asses of the nurses. After all, I am a horny devil.", continues to talk about how great erections are and how he got so horny he had a case of premature ejaculation. Then he jumps to talking about his venture in making photographs of pubic hair. On and off he also comments on the alleged affair with singer Fumin. While he time and time again stresses that they only are friends and that he only visited her that night to borrow a dress, he equally as many times talks about her great tits and how he would love to do her.

This is "Beat" Takeshi in a nutshell. This is the sort of both exposing and self exposing humour he has practised since 1981, where he began doing it on the radio show "All Night Nippon".

The structure of the book consists of short comments, arranged by topic, giving a somewhat coherent flow. But then suddenly, "Beat" interupts this flow with comments about how he hates Japanese tourists on Hawaii or how much he loves Fumin's tits.

A highly recommendable book for everyone who wants to see the side of Kitano Takeshi for which he is famous in Japan.

Review by Henrik Sylow [June 2004]. All rights are reserved by Henrik Sylow and Kitanotakeshi.com.

  

Title: Watashi bakariga naze moteru ? Takeshi no shokyu kenjagaku kouza (Why I?m singularly popular ? Takes
Publishing Company: Shinchosha
Country: Japan
Release date: 2002-09-01
Writer: Beat Takeshi
Language: Japanese
Pages: 267
Format: Soft-Cover
Etailer: Amazon [Japan]
  

Title: Yosei (My remaining years)
Publishing Company: Rockin On
Country: Japan
Release date: 2001-01-01
Writer: Beat Takeshi
Language: Japanese
Pages: 237
Format: Soft-Cover
Etailer: Amazon [Japan]
  
Review: Anyone who has witnessed popular comedian Beat Takeshi's dominance not only in the world of television but also radio and films for the past 20 years could be forgiven for thinking that he has successfully established a formidable empire of his own and secured his position in the industry.

But in "Yosei" (My remaining years), written by Takeshi Kitano (Beat Takeshi's real name) as told to Yoichi Shibuya, and published by Rockin' On (1,575 yen), the comedian tells a different story. His reign is only the result of his natural yet frantic and relentless quest to come up with something different for the public.

While the book contains a lot of things Takeshi has said on TV programs or in magazine interviews in the past, the overall result is a glimpse of how this comedic genius views the world with his razor-sharp wit.

Takeshi also deals with serious themes, such as death.

"I started to become conscious of death when I was attending college," he writes. "At that time, I had a sore throat and I worried I might get cancer. How can I die without doing something with my life I'd like to do, I thought. I was dead scared. But then I became defiant and said to myself, 'OK, I going to quit school.'"

In fact, Takeshi quit university after only 20 days. He felt that becoming an office worker was not much of an option, either.

His choice was to work and live in Asakusa, an amusement quarter in downtown Tokyo. The choice was triggered by his earlier thoughts of death. At first he got a job at a strip-show theater, where he operated an elevator.

"I wondered what I could do before I die," he recalls. "I thought being a comedian in Asakusa would be romantic. But I never aspired to be a comedian, so there was a good chance I might become unpopular and end up as an alcoholic."

"There were many comedy joints. I saw many of them but they were not funny at all. Most comedians perform a 15-minute show four times a day, and they were playing around the rest of the time. I wanted to live like that because they were paid better than me," Takeshi writes.

Eventually, he found his niche in Asakusa by tying up with another comedian to perform "manzai" (comic dialogue) on stage. But after several years, he decided to go out on his own. Soon he was the central force of the manzai boom in Japan. But in the book, he confesses he never enjoyed his success.

"At that time, I thought the manzai boom would soon die down," he says.

Takeshi says he has always found it hard to enjoy himself, which he attributes to his childhood experiences.

"Whenever I laughed at something, my mother would scold me. 'Don't make such a fuss about it,' she would say to me. If I said something was delicious, she would say, 'Don't you ever say what is delicious and what isn't.' She always warned me against my expressing how I felt, saying that to do so is gross."

Takeshi's prediction about the manzai boom came true and he then moved into television, becoming an instant hit. But again, he insists he has never enjoyed his success.

"I never think positively, that's my trouble. I always expect the worst to happen and I'm ready for it. When the worst happens, I would say, 'See? I told myself so,'" he says.

He says he wouldn't know what to do with happiness.

"I feel I don't belong to my own family, or to my children and my wife. I only try to perform my minimum duty for them," he says. "I have no friends. None at all. That's because I am so awkward. I guess many in the TV world must think of me as such ...Maybe being a lone gun is better in doing businesses in this society," he says.

In the book, Takeshi openly admits to numerous extramarital affairs, one of which led him and some supporters to barge into the office of "Friday," a weekly tabloid magazine, and assault staff in a well-publicized incident in 1986. He was incensed that the magazine had published a photo of his mistress.

He was arrested and disappeared from TV for a while. "I thought it's the end of me as an entertainer. The next moment, I started thinking what I should do, whether I should try a different line of work."

In 1994, Takeshi had a brush with death in a motorcycle accident. His injury was so severe that many feared his career would come to an end.

However, his popularity never waned. While continuing his career on TV, Takeshi began another career as a filmmaker. But he insists it started from a mere coincidence.

"I never thought of making a film. I was supposed to play a role in the film 'Sono Otoko, Kyobo-ni-tsuki.' But the director Kinji Fukasaku pulled out and then I was asked to do it."

"I don't see many movies. But since I started taking my films to Europe, they are always asking me what I thought of the films of Akira Kurosawa. So I started seeing them back in Japan. Watching them I could see the many mistakes I made. Now I'm hooked more than ever on making movies."

Takeshi has achieved international acclaim and won awards at Cannes through such movies as "A Scene at the Sea," "Sonatine," as well as "Kids Return" and "HANA-BI."

But again he says, "After all, it might be my golden period now but eventually they'll say it's the end of me. I might be popular in Europe at present, but I doubt it will be the same in a few years. That's why I am planning to do many things so I can be ready when that day comes," he concludes.

Review by Mami Fukae [Japan Today, June 8, 2001]. All rights are reserved by Mami Fukae and Kitanotakeshi.com.