After the success of Zaitochi, the actor director returns
with a very personal work, set in a vertiginous and mysterious abyss.
Takeshi Kitano surprised everyone by being the surprise guest at the Mostra
in Venice with Takeshis?. "Beat" Takeshi, the actor accostumed to play yakusas
(Japanese gangsters), crosses the paths of his double, a failed comical actor.
This former then begins a fantastic life marked by life of this rolemodel. Based
on a ten years old idea, that should have been called Fractals, a title
which summarizes its twisted construction where one does not know where fantasy
begins and reality ends. And confusion becomes total when the author sweeps any
attempt at interpretation, of this vertiginous abyss which could mark a turning
of its career, away.
Lorfevre: Do you take real pleasure to make films?
One feels a certain disillusion compared to the universe in which you became and
now is know as a respected celebrity.
Kitano Takeshi: That is exactly what I attempted to do with
this film. I didn?t want to make a film, which too easily would be catalogued or
understood. I wanted to make the audience share the frustration and the
difficulties I experience when I make films. If I succeeded in that, I am very
It is a compliment! I have to point out, that I never had much pleasure in
making films. Especially not making this one, which required a script and a
structure beyond the complexity of what I usually make. I initially made a very
precise draft of film before smashing it into parts with a bludgeon and pickung
up the scattered pieces. It was something very unusual for me to do.
Does this film announce a new chapter of your career as an actor, since
you kill "Beat" Takeshi symbolically?
I didn?t really make that scene to suggest any hidden message. But it is not
impossible that I have reached a certain point in my career of actor, as
director or even with television. Perhaps I will retire to my grave, where I
then can rest underground and avoid agitation.
The English title of film can be seen as a reference to many views of Takeshi
which exist and which are all mine. But in Japanese, that can also mean "Takeshi
Is the truth of film Takeshi the truth of the life of Kitano all the
Not at all. It is not a psychological confession! The two characters are only
two accessories, but I became more interested in playing around with my image,
or more precise with the perception that I have of how the public percieves me
as a person with a huge ego on the small screen. The duality of the film is
inspired by an experiment I did when I was trying to become a comic and ran