Outrage Beyond
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Autoreiji: Biyondo, in english Outrage Beyond, October 6th 2012.

Henrik Sylow | Source: Screen Daily
Eiga-Sai highlights Kitano
Friday, January 20, 2012

This years Eiga-Sai, the Czech annual festival of Japanese Film and Culture, will highlight the career and films of Kitano Takeshi, from January 20th to the 26th.

The program will show selected films of Kitano, both representing key films, as well as his most recent work, allowing the audience to see both the artistic journey and development of Kitano as the greatest Japanese auteur today, as films never shown before on the big screen. The films shown are: Hana-bi, Violent Cop, Kikujiro, Boiling Point, Getting Any?, Dolls, Zatoichi, Achilles and the Tortoise and finally Outrage. All films in Japanese with English and Czech subtitles.

For online tickets and more details Eiga Sai.

Henrik Sylow | Source: Ceskapozice
Outrage 2 put on indefinite hold
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Not quiet satisfied with how Outrage turned out, Kitano said in an interview in september 2010, "We just about made an interesting film. But if I analyze it carefully then I'd just about give it a pass mark. My own rating would be 60%, so I'm aiming for Outrage 2, to make something more entertaining."

This, and the fact that Outrage was Kitano's biggest box-office hit since Zatoichi, having earned over 750 million yen domestic in the first month, gave rise that Kitano was preparing pre-production of Outrage 2.

However, Varity could this Monday report, that despite Office Kitano yet had to make a formal announcement, the production of Outrage 2 had been put on indefinite hold, according to local reports.

Henrik Sylow | Source: Variety
Regarding the situation in Japan
Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Since the earthquake in Japan, the site has recieved numerous letters from both fans and journalists asking if Kitano is well and if he has any comments on the situation in Japan following the earthquake. While I, and probably also Kitano himself, appreciate the concern, I know as little as everyone else.

However in light of the letters, I have decided to extend the concerns about the situation in Japan following the earthquake.

I have chosen not to post links to any aid and relief organisations. A resource and site about an auteur should be about it, and if I posted links to relief now, the site would not only become involved in worldly matters not related to cinema, but also differentiate, as why support this and not other disasters. If you readers wish to give donations to support, relief and aid, you can contact the Japanese Embassey, The Red Cross or any other relief organisation in your country and they will assist you.

Henrik Sylow | Source: Kitanotakeshi.com
New Server
Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Due to techinical problems, kitanotakeshi.com has, finally, changed server. Not only did the e-mail client of the site not work, but the transfer from the old server to the new, was delayed time and time again from August 2010 until, now, January 2011. However, what is important is, that now kitanotakeshi.com has a new server.

Sadly, the transfer caused the site to be offline for a few days while technical issues where resolved. But as of January the 17th 2011, kitanotakeshi.com has changed servers and is up and running again.

This means, that the e-mail client of the site is working again. Thus, readers and professionels can once again contact the site thru its e-mail and not thru my personal e-mail. Contact information can be found here or by choosing the banner menu option.

Kitanotakeshi.com has is now entering its 7th year online, as the worlds most authoritative online resource on Kitano Takeshi, and greets scholars, fans and casual readers welcome to a new of many years to come.

Henrik Sylow | Source: Kitanotakeshi.com
Shadows of the Rising Sun
Saturday, November 20, 2010

From December 10 to 12, Shadows of the Rising Sun: Cinema and Empire encompasses four epoch-making titles, poised between past and present, exploring the conflagration and its dreadful consequences. Featured films range from Kon Ichikawa's 1959 arch-classic Fires on the Plain to Nagisa Oshima's Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, at The Japan Society in New York.

Established in 1907, The Japan Society Film Program offers a diverse selection of Japanese films, from classics to contemporary independent productions. Its aim is to entertain, educate and support activities in the Society's Arts & Culture programs.

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence will be shown as part of the program on December the 12th at 7pm at The Japan Society, located at 333 East 47th Street between First and Second avenues. Tickets are $12/$9 for members, students & seniors.

For online tickets and more details The Japan Society.

Henrik Sylow | Source: Broadway World
Battle Royale Limited Edition
Sunday, November 14, 2010

December the 13th, the UK company Arrow Film is releasing a limited edition 3 disc box of Fukasaku's Battle Royale, on both DVD and Blu-Ray.

The limited edition box, numbered #/5000 with certificat, contains new restored high definition transfers both theatrical and director's cut of the film, with brand new subtitle translations, a third disc with tons of additional material, a 32 page comic, a 36 page booklet with, amongst other interviews and articles, "A Battle Without An End" by Tom Mes of Midnight Eye, a 16 page booklet including concept artwork and drawing for the limited edition set, a 5x7" Postcards of stills from the film. and a fold-out reversible poster of original artwork.

No info on coding at the moment, but the DVD is most likely encoded for Region 2 and the Blu-Ray for Region B.

Along with the Criterion Collection of Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence and the Japanese Limited Edition of Outrage, christmas sure looks amazing this year.

Henrik Sylow | Source: Arrow Film
Cartier to Showcase Kitano at Art Basel Miami Beach
Sunday, November 14, 2010

For the fourth year in a row, Cartier will team with Art Basel Miami Beach from December 2nd to 5th, 2010, this time to showcase a space designed by renowned Japanese filmmaker, comic and TV presenter Beat Takeshi Kitano.

In keeping with the house's strong commitment to contemporary art, Cartier hosted Kitano's exhibition Gosse de peintre at the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain in Paris from March to September this year. The idea behind that exhibition will continue in Miami, as Kitano, inspired by childhood, has created a space with his drawings which visitors, both children and adults alike, are invited to color according to their whims.

A Gosse de peintre kit inspired by Kitano and made by Cartier will be sold via auction. All proceeds will go to charity.

Henrik Sylow | Source: Elite Traveller
Battle Royale goes 3D?
Saturday, November 13, 2010

Anchor Bay has picked up the rights to refit Fukasaku's Battle Royale, aswell as the sequel and a few other titles, into 3D.

If they do, and if so when it will be released, is not yet commented upon.

Henrik Sylow | Source: Filmshaft
Criterion releases Mr. Lawrence
Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Having released "important classic and contemporary films" to cinema aficionados for more than 25 years, Criterion Collection finally has released a film with Kitano, at least starring.

September the 28th, Criterion released Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence on Blu-Ray and DVD.

The release is based upon a, by Criterion, 2K scan from the 35mm master, and is presented in 1.78:1 (16x9). The sound is 2.0 DTS-HD remastered at 24-bit from the 35mm Dolby LT/RT magnetic audio track.

Of additional material, there is a booklet,  interviews and Hasten Slowly, an hour-long 1996 documentary about author Laurens van der Post, whose autobiographical novel was the basis for the film.

The DVD is encoded for Region 1 and the Blu-Ray for Region A (US).

Henrik Sylow | Source: Criterion