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"Beat" Takeshi Kitano

Beat TakeshiThe Japanese Clint Eastwood, this director/writer/actor makes films that are an intriguing mix of hard boiled macho cop action, silent sweetness, charming comedy along side the brutal worlds of tough cops and Yakuza. His 20th century films as director include:

  • 1989 Violent Cop (Sono otoko, kyobo ni tsuki, lit. This man has gone mad)
  • 1990 Boiling Point (3-4X jugatsu, lit. Third and fourth of October)
  • 1991 A Scene at the Sea (Ano natsu, ichiban shizukana umi, lit. That summer, the calmest sea)
  • 1993 Sonatine (Sonachine)
  • 1995 Getting Any? (Minna-yatteruka!)
  • 1996 Kids Return (Kidzu rita n)
  • 1997 HANA-BI (Fireworks)
  • 1999 Kikujiro (Kikujira no natsu, lit. Kikujiro's summer)