An Anime film about Makoto (voice by Sugiyama Kazuko). Beat Takeshi and Beat Kiyoshi added additional voices. [more]
Danpu wataridori
Sukkari? sono ki de!
A silly comedy about Kitano, who wants to be famous and get the girl he is in love with. After being popsinger and filmdirector, he fails, but get the girl. [more]
Natsu no himitsu
The Crime of Kiyoshi Okubo (Okubo Kiyoshi no Hanzai)
An account of real life serial killer Okubo Kiyoshi, played by Kitano. [more]
Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (Senjou no Merii Kurisumasu)
Kitano's breakthru film as dramatic actor, Oshima Nagisa chose Kitano to portrait Hara, because Oshima saw both a serious and dark side to Kitano persona. [more]
Mosquito on the Tenth Floor (Jukkai no mosquito)
The Ark of Jesus (Iesu No Hakobune)
An account of real life cultleader Jesus Sengoku, played by Kitano, who had a bible study group in form of a self-sufficient community, where a lot of young women were drawn to. Despite them being were happy, their parents accused Sengoku for brainwashing and kidnapping their daughters and thru the press it turned into a huge scandal. [more]
Kanashi Kibun de Joku
Demon (Yasha)
A yakuza member Shuji turns his back on his gangster lifestyle and moves to a remote fishing village. His part is kept hidden, as is the yakuza style Demon Tattoo on his back. But when another gangster comes to the town, plying the fishermen with all night drinking, gambling and drugs, Shuji's secret is revealed. [more]
Comic Magazine (Komikku zasshi nanka iranai!)
Based on a true scandal that schoked Japanese journalism in 1985, pop star Yuya Uchida plays a TV entertainment reporter, who gets an opportunity when a prominent investment manager, caught in the middle of an investment fraud, locks himself in his lavish home. While Uchida and the other reporters try to gain entrance, two disreputable-looking gentlemen, announcing that they've been paid to assassinate the crooked investor, walk into the home unmolested--then walk out a few moments later, soaked in blood. No one lifts a finger to stop the two hit men from leaving....and it sure makes a swell TV story. [more]
Zoku Takeshi-kun Hi!
Based on the autobiographical novel "Takeshi-kun Hai!" by Kitano, this was a 15 part mini-series from NHK. [more]
Based on a novel by Fujita Goro, who also wrote the novel for Fukasaku's Graveyard of Honor, the story is a gritty elegy about revenge.

When a yakuza boss is killed by a rival, his widow attempts to murder the rival boss, but is caught and sent to prison. When released several years later, she goes after him again. Expecting this, the yakuza boss has hired a nihilistic hitman to protect himself. [more]
Violent Cop (Sono otoko, kyobo ni tsuki)
Originally intended as a comedy about a Dirty Harry-ish cop, Kitano rewrote the script into a dark, gritty and violent police drama, about a rogue homicide detective, without any respect or care for neither his superiors or police procedures, who suddenly stands to lose the only thing he cares for. [more]
Hoshi tsugu mono
Naniwa no Yojimbo
Zansatsu seyo setsunaki mono, soreha ai
The 47 Ronin (Chusingura)
The story of the 47 ronin, this was a TV christmas special made by TBS (Channel 6 in Tokyo metropolitan area), starring Kitano in the lead role. [more]
Kim's War (Kim No Senso)
Kitano plays Kim Hui Ro, a real life Korean imigrant, who after shooting a gangster who threathend his life, took refuge at a hotel and took the guest hostages. Realising his position, he invited the press inside and explained why he was driven to his crime, before letting himself being arrested. [more]
Shura no densetsu
Dioxin from Fish!! (Sakana kara daiokishin!!)
A black comedy about a former Rock'n'Roll singer, who becomes the mayor of Tokyo. [more]
Erotic Liaisons (Erotikkuna kankei)
A low-key private detective agency in Paris is run by Rie and her stupid partner Kishin, who tick along between cases by giving guided tours of the city to busloads of Japanese tourists. [more]
Gindama Masa-yan
Persuasion (Settoku)
Kitano plays a Jehova?s Witness, who comes face to face with the decision wheater or not to save his dying son by letting him recieve blood. [more]
Many Happy Returns (Ky?so tanj?)
Based on the novel by Kitano of the same name, Many Happy Returns takes on a current sociopolitical problem in Japan: That growing popularity of new religious groups.

Kazuo, a young man, with no interest at all in religion, is suddenly drawn into a sect, and even more sudden stands as one of the leaders. [more]
Getting Any? (Minn?-yatteruka)
While Kitano was being hailed as one of todays most original filmmakers in Europe, the japanese audience still refused to accept him, which made him so furious, that he in pure defiance made "Getting Any?"

If they only wanted the comedian, then he would give them a comedy so far out, that they had to die laughing. [more]
Johnny Mnemonic
In 2021, the whole world is connected by the gigantic Internet, and almost a half of the population is suffering from the Nerve Attenuation Syndrome (NAS).Johnny with an inplanted memory chip in his brain was ordered to transport the over loaded information from Beijing to Newark.

While Pharmakom Industries supported by yakuza tries to capture him to get the informaiton back, the Low-tech group led by J-Bone tries to break the missing code to download the cure of NAS which Johnny carries. [more]
The Five (Gonin)
Five men plot to steal a large sum of money from the local yakuza, but everything does not go as planned and they find themselves hunted down by contract killers. [more]
Kids return (Kidzu ritan)
Still marked by his accident, Kitano stayed behind the camera on this, semi-autobiographical, account of two high-school bullies, who try to find their place in life. [more]
Fireworks (Hana-bi)
The most known, most critically acclaimed, most discussed and most awarded film by Kitano, "Hana-bi" stands today as one of the best Japanese films ever made. [more]
Tokyo Eyes
A young man shooting at people is nicknamed Four Eyes in the press because of his thick-lensed glasses. The young Hinano, sister of a policeman who is on the case, recognized the mysterious 'killer' by the way he acts in the metro. She follows him to find out where he lives, but instead of turning him in, she falls in love with him. [more]
A drama about a lonely man, who lives in a world of chivalry, through the period prior World War 2 to postwar Japan. [more]
Kikujiro (Kikujiro no natsu)
Having cast away all his demons and having recieved the golden lion of Venice, Kitano felt like having fun and did so with "Kikujiro". Using a road movie structure, Kitano could freely interject the story with anything he wanted. [more]
Cin?ma de notre temps: Takeshi Kitano, l'impr?visible
Having previously made two such documentaries on Abbas Kiarostami and Alain Cavalier, and in conjunction with making Tokyo Eyes, where Kitano played a minor role, Limosin used the opportunity to interview Kitano for this documentary.

In English, "the unforeseeable one", Limosin shows how the various aspects of Kitanos art (painting, writing, filmmaking and comedian) all affects the other and how Kitano carries elements of his other art over into his films, explains Kitanos motifs, themes and method. [more]
Jam session (Jam session - Kikujiro no natsu koshiki kaizokuban)
A documentary about the shooting of Kikujiro. [more]
Taboo (Gohatto)
Towards the end of the Tokugawa era, the Shinsen-gumi is defending the Shogunate. Two new fighters arrive, one of them, the bishonen Kano, is quickly turning their heads. [more]
Scenes by the Sea: Takeshi Kitano
A portrait of Kitano Takeshi made for British Television. [more]
The story of one century (Hyaku-nen no monogatari)
In three one feature lenght episodes, it tells the stories of 3 women in 3 different eras: Taisho (1912-1926), Showa (1926-1988) and Heisei (1988-). [more]
Originally written and intended as the sequel to "Sonatine", the story for "Brother" finally found its way onto the screen, when friend and producer Jeremy Thomas offered Kitano to produce it. [more]
Battle Royale (Batoru rowaiaru)
At the dawn of the new millennium, Japan is ina a state of near-collapse. Unemployment is at an all-time high, and violence amongst the nations youth is spiralling out of control. With school children boycotting their lessons and physically abusing their teachers, a beleaguered and near-defeated government decides to introduce a radical new measure: the Battle Royale Act.

Supervised by their former teacher, aschool class is taken to a deserted island and forced to fight each other to the death. [more]
Kikujiro and Saki (Kikujiro to Saki)
Based upon Kitano's autobiographical account of his childhood, it tells several small stories about Kikujiro (his father) and Saki (this mother). [more]
Dolls (Dooruzu)
Tired of being told, that his films were so blue and violent, Kitano decided to make a film full of colours and love. Inspired by a childhood memory, Kitano created a complex journey thru life, love, the seasons and the themes of Chikamatsu. [more]
Asakusa Kid (Asakusa Kid no)
Based upon the autobiographical book by Kitano Takeshi, it tells the story of Kitano and his time in Asakusa. [more]
Based upon the novel by Yoshikawa, it tells the story of the rebelling teenager Takezo, who after the battle of Sekigahara, begins his journey towards mastering zen and the sword under the name Musashi. [more]
Battle Royale II: Requiem (Batoru rowaiaru II: Chinkonka / Rekuiemu)
Three years after Battle Royale, the survivor Shuya Nanahara has turned into a terrorist attempting to take down the government. In response, they create the "Battle Royale 2" program, where a class of junior-high students are send out to catch and kill him. [more]
Zatoichi (Zat?ichi)
Originally Kitano refused to make a new Zatoichi film, but was persuaded into making, what would become his greatest succes ever. [more]
Kayo Suspense Gekijo 2 Kichiku
Second part of the mini-series Kayo Suspense Gekijo, based on the crime thillers of Matsumoto Seicho. [more]
A look at the life and work of Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki and his impact on Japanese culture. [more]
Izo is a late 19th-century assassin employed by Hanpeida. As Izo dies, while fighting against Shogunate forces, his intense rage drives him through space and time to present-day Tokyo. Here he goes on a killing spree, attracting the attention of the gods.

Izo refuses to bow to them and even defiles Mother Earth. Eventually, Japan's Prime Minister calls on swordsmen from all realms to battle Izo. [more]
Blood and Bones (Chi to Hone)
Based upon one of the biggest bestsellers in Korea - the Yamamoto-Syugoro prize winning novel "Chi to Hone" by Yang Sogiru (Sogil Yan) - the film tells the story the story about Yang Sogiru's father, Shunpei, who was amongst the first generation Koreans to live in Japan. [more]
Beat Takeshi lives the busy and sometimes surreal life of a showbiz celebrity. One day he meets his blond lookalike named Kitano, a shy convenience store cashier, who, still an unknown actor, is waiting for his big break.

After their pathes cross, Kitano seems to begin hallucinating about becoming Beat. [more]
A beautiful day (Une Belle Joun)
Kitano's entry to the Cannes 2007 collection of short-films by 35 directors. See film on YouTube [more]
Kantoku: Banzai! (Subarashiki Kyujitsu)
Beat Takeshi is a hapless film director in search of a commercial hit, while suffering failure after failure as he tries out different genres. [more]
Points and Lines (Ten to sen)
Two bodies are found on the beach. One was Sayama, a government official in the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, who was a suspect in an ongoing bribery case and the other was Otoki, a waitress at a Tokyo ryotei restaurant. The Hakata Police determine the two had succeeded in a double suicide but Detective Torikai who's nearing retirement isn't convinced. [more]
The Monster X Strikes Back: Attack the G8 Summit (Girara no gyakush?: T?ya-ko Samitto kikiippatsu)
A semi-remake of the 1967 cult classic "Uchu daikaij? Girara" ("The X from Outer Space"). [more]
Achilles and the Tortoise (Akiresu to Kami)
Kitano plays a talentless-but-dedicated artist who plugs along with the support of his long-suffering wife [more]
Outrage (Autoreiji)
Outrage depicts a power struggles among Tokyo gangsters, and Kitano will play the leading role as a low-ranking boss who does his superiors' dirty work. [more]