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Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen (2015)

After making two very hard boiled, gritty and nihilistic gangster movies, Takeshi Kitano seems to have decided to return back to his first love, comedy. Granted, he didn’t stray that far from the tree that bears lucrative fruits, as the story here revolves around eight geriatric ex-Yakuza members who decide to come back from retirement, sort of putting the band back together if you will, and form a new crime family made of elderly people to, absurdly, relive their old glory days. 619 more words

Watched Movie

LFF 2015: Ryuzo and his Seven Henchmen

Takeshi Kitano, perhaps best known in the UK for being the host of ’80s gameshow Takeshi’s Castle, but also known for having made some great ’90s films – … 525 more words


My Street Japan. Day 14.

My street is not a hive of bright lights and a constant stream of advertising. I think it was, at one time, but those days have passed. 241 more words


Yakuza 6 to feature baddest Yakuza film dude of all time: Japanese actor Beat Takeshi 【Video】

Japanese actor and director “Beat” Takeshi Kitano is an instantly recognisable face over here in Japan, but westerners might be more familiar with him in his role as sadistic homeroom teacher Kitano in… 455 more words


How I Got Into....Takeshi Kitano (Blaugust Day 28)

Watching the BBC’s film programme, Film 2003, there was a review of the new Tom Cruise movie, The Last Samurai. The reviewer was Jonathan Ross, and he was lukewarm about the film. 661 more words


KITANO TAKESHI - the Samurai Himself

I would say that Kitano Takeshi wasn’t my cup of green tea.

But that would be racist.

I was first introduced to him through his ultra-famous (and… 486 more words

Japanese Pop Culture

Shaun vs. Battle Royale (2000)

Directed by Kinji Fukasaku

Starring Beat Takeshi, Tatsuya Fujiwara and Taro Yamamoto

In a future Japan, the country has become overcrowded so the government passes the “Battle Royale” law, which takes classes of children from middle schools (junior highs) and puts them on a small island to fight to the death.  804 more words