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MORE DIRECTORS CHECKLIST SERIES - Volume #231 - THE FILMS OF TAKESHI KITANO


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#1 of 23 Brook K

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Posted July 30 2005 - 07:56 AM

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Volume #231 - Takeshi Kitano

Zatôichi (2003)
... aka The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (USA)
Dolls (2002)
Brother (2000)
Kikujiro (1999)
Hana-bi (1997)
...aka Fireworks
Kids Return (1996)
Getting Any? (1995)
Sonatine (1993)
A Scene at the Sea (1991)
Boiling Point (1990)
Violent Cop (1989)

2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#2 of 23 Brook K

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Posted July 30 2005 - 08:34 AM

Director, actor, novelist, talk show host, formerly one of Japan's top comedians, this multi-talented artist is perhaps best known for his violent crime films. But many of his films also show a warm sense of humor and affection for the characters he creates. He also quickly moved well beyond simple cops & Yakuza work to make romances, character pieces, and most recently a Zatoichi film. He balances humor and affection with an often profound sense of loss or longing. A notable undercurrent in his films is his evocative use of the ocean. And like Hayao Miyazaki, he often uses the beautiful music of composer Joe Hisiashi to add a final layer of texture and emotion to his work.

Kitano is my favorite modern Japanese filmmaker and in my top 3 of all current directors.

*1. A Scene At The Sea - A (Top 40 all-time, one of my very favorite of all romantic films is this tender story about a deaf-mute young man with a dream of surfing, assisted in his quest by his loyal girlfriend. The two never speak a word to each other the entire film, the actor's faces and Kitano's camera do all the communicating that is ever required.)
*2. Hana-bi (Fireworks) - A (Mixing violence, beauty, emotion, and masterful filmmaking, Kitano weaves the story of a cop guilt-ridden by an injury to his partner and caring for his sick wife. Like A Scene at the Sea, this is one of the best films of the 90's.)
*3. Dolls - A (Beautiful, jaw draw-dropping colors highlight this multi-character romantic film which takes much of its inspiration from Japanese mythology.)
*4. Sonatine - A- (Kitano's take on a Yakuza film is filled with humor and warm emotions, despite an ever-present fatalism. After various double-crossings, a group of Yakuza hide-out at the beach and revisit a simpler youth)
5. Kikijiro - A- (A story about a Yakuza who ends up caring for a little boy may seem trite, but Kitano turns it into another memorable work with heart and humor.)
*6. Violent Cop - A- (Kitano's debut feature is a brutal crime story combining elements of The Searchers and Dirty Harry about how violence and crime threaten our humanity.)
7. Kids Return - B+ (Another warm, emotional character piece in which two friends, one a boxer, one a yakuza, visit their former schoolyard and reminisce.)
*8. Zatoichi - B+ (I haven't seen any of the older Zatoichi films to compare, but certainly Kitano's version is unlike pretty much any samurai film I've seen. Infusing it with his unique humor and visual style, the film often ventures into wacky, almost slap-stick comedy. Doesn't contain as much emotional investment in the characters as his work usually does, but well worth watching.)
9. Getting Any? - B+ (Utterly insane, like a cross between The Bank Dick and Monty Python)
*10. Boiling Point - B (Another quirky Yakuza film that borders on the bizarre, combining slap-stick humor with often brutal violence in ways that defy description. Definitely one I need to see again)

11. Outrage - B
12. Brother - B (Aside from the more recent Zatoichi, this is the only other of this films I've seen in a theater. This was his attempt to "go Hollywood" and uses an LA setting as well as American actor Omar Epps. While the film has its strong points, like Kitano's unique touch with brutally violent scenes, and his usual emotionally infused characters; the film also feels a bit tired and a rehash of previous films. Kitano was also very dissatisfied with how it turned out and it wasn't a moneymaker, so that was the end of any Hollywood flirtations. A definite good thing: see John Woo)

Own: 7 (Unfortunately, most of the r1 DVD's of Kitano's work are from the earlier days of DVD and are not of very good quality. The exceptions are Kikijiro, Brother, Sonatine and Zatoichi since they had major studio distribution.)


2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#3 of 23 Bill McA

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Posted July 30 2005 - 08:45 AM

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Takeshi Kitano
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Getting Any? (1995)
Sonatine (1993)
A Scene at the Sea (1991)
Boiling Point (1990)
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#4 of 23 Kirk Tsai

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Posted July 30 2005 - 08:53 AM

1. Hana-bi
2. Sonatine
3. Zatoichi
4. Brother

#5 of 23 george kaplan

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Posted July 30 2005 - 08:57 AM

Never heard of this guy, nor seen any of his films. I've heard of Zatoichi, but I don't think it was this film I was reading about.
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#6 of 23 Steve Christou

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#7 of 23 Jim_K

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TAKESHI KITANO (1947 -     )


Outrage (2010)

Achilles and the Tortoise (2008)

Glory to the Filmmaker! (2007)

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Takeshis' (2005)

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Dolls (2002) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

Brother (2000) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Kikujiro (1999)
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Kids Return (1996)
Getting Any? (1995)
Sonatine (1993) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
A Scene at the Sea (1991)
Boiling Point (1990) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
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#8 of 23 Mario Gauci

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In order of merit:


1.Zatôichi (2003) ***1/2
2.Hana-Bi (1997) ***
3.Brother (2000) ***
4.Violent Cop (1989) ***
5.Boiling Point (1990) **1/2
6.A Scene at the Sea (1991) **1/2


I also have GETTING ANY? (1995) and KIDS RETURN (1996) on VHS and will definitely rent DOLLS (2002) on DVD in future.

#9 of 23 SteveGon

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Posted July 31 2005 - 12:55 AM

Just Dolls, Brother, Fireworks, and Sonatine for me; keep meaning to rent Zatoichi. :b

#10 of 23 Jonathan_W

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#11 of 23 Arman

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#12 of 23 Bill McA

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#13 of 23 Martin Teller

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Zatôichi (2003) - 5/10
Dolls (2002) - 7/10
Hana-bi (1997) - 8/10
Sonatine (1993) - 9/10
A Scene at the Sea (1991) - 6/10
Violent Cop (1989) - 7/10


#14 of 23 Bill McA

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#15 of 23 Martin Teller

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#17 of 23 Bill McA

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#18 of 23 Bill McA

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#19 of 23 Martin Teller

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#20 of 23 Brook K

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Getting Any? - B+

Hilarious and utterly insane, like a cross between The Bank Dick and Monty Python in a visual/situational/semi-plotless slapstick sense

2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+