3 Films by Takeshi Kitano DVD
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Directed by Takeshi Kitano
Produced in 2002-05
Main Language - Japanese with English subtitles
Contemporary Action & Adventure • Contemporary Drama • Contemporary Period, Costume, Historical Film • Asian Film • Japanese Film • Action & Adventure - Drama • Action & Adventure - Period, Costume, Historical
Contains Takeshis' (2005), Zatoichi (2003) and Dolls (2002).
Takeshis': Cult Japanese filmmaker Takeshi 'Beat' Kitano directs this freeform, surrealist musing on the meaning of self. Takeshi himself plays both leads: self-important celebrity director Beat and his humble lookalike Kitano, a shop assistant and wannabe actor whose fantasies form the main action of the film. When the paths of the two men cross, Kitano starts to hallucinate about becoming Beat. Image and sound transcend plot lines as they unite to express the intertwined thoughts and dreams of the two central characters.
Dolls: A beautiful and precious film based on traditional bunraku theatre. The dolls become the storytellers and the humans the puppets. Three interlinked stories of love spread over the four seasons. Formally gorgeous.
Zatoichi: Kitano revives the Japanese fictional action anti-hero Zatoichi in this violent and bloody swashbuckling samurai adventure. Zatoichi (played by Takeshi himself) may be blind but he is also an incredibly gifted and precise swordsman. When the ruthless Ginzo gang, with the help of the legendary Hattori, mercilessly take over a remote mountain town, Zatoichi and his friend Shinkichi must do everything in their considerable powers to stop them. Injecting the hero with his own inimitable flavour, Takeshi delivers a martial arts epic filled with distinctive good humour, fabulous music and a showstopping tap-dancing finale.
Publisher: Artificial Eye
Length: 338 mins
Cat No: ART409DVD
Format: DVD Colour