Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Director, Actor, Comedian and Artist Takeshi Kitano



France bestows Legion of Honor on film director Takeshi Kitano

The Japan Times  Kyodo  Oct 19, 2016 

 Takeshi Kitano on location for "Kikujiro"

The French government has named Japanese film director Takeshi Kitano as a recipient of the Legion of Honor for his impact on contemporary arts, his office said Tuesday.

Kitano, 69, will be named an Officier, the fourth-ranked honor in the L’ordre National de la Legion d’honneur, at a ceremony in Paris next Tuesday.

Former French culture minister Jack Lang said in his comment that Kitano “comfortably went beyond the limits of art genres and transformed the rules of performing arts, television, film and literature,” according to the office.

“I am very surprised that I will be given such an honor, and I’m simply filled with joy,” Kitano said in a statement, adding he will devote himself to doing various jobs while preserving his own style.

 Kitano accepting the Golden Lion Award in 1997 for his film Hana-bi.
The French government has also awarded Kitano with “Chevalier,” the third rank of the three-tiered “Order of Arts and Letters,” in 1999, and then “Commandeur,” the first rank in that system, in 2010.

The Legion of Honor, founded by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, recognizes eminent service in fields such as culture, science and business. Among the approximately 1,500 foreigners conferred the honor, 10 percent are Japanese, according to the French Embassy in Tokyo.

Kitano, who is also a television celebrity, has been twice awarded France’s Order of the Arts and Letters, reaching Chevalier, the third rank, in 1999 and Commandeur, the first rank, in 2010.

The order, founded in 1957, is awarded by the culture ministry.

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from: Wikipedia


Takeshi Kitano (北野 武 Kitano Takeshi, born 18 January 1947) is a Japanese comedian, television personality, director, actor, author, and screenwriter. While he is known primarily as a comedian and TV host in his native Japan, abroad he is known exclusively for his filmwork. With the exception of his works as a film director, he is known almost exclusively by the stage name Beat Takeshi (ビートたけし Bīto Takeshi).

Still from "Brother" (2000)

Kitano rose to prominence in the 1970s as one half of the comedy duo Two Beat, before going solo and becoming one of the three biggest comedians in the country. After several small acting roles, he made his directorial debut with 1989's Violent Cop and garnered international acclaim for Sonatine (1993). But he was not accepted as a director in Japan until Hana-bi won the Golden Lion in 1997.

Still from "Kikujiro" (1999)

He has received critical acclaim for his idiosyncratic cinematic work, winning numerous awards with Japanese film critic Nagaharu Yodogawa having once dubbed him "the true successor" to influential filmmaker Akira Kurosawa. Many of Kitano's films are dramas about yakuza gangsters or the police. Described by critics as using an acting style that is highly deadpan or a camera style that approaches near-stasis, Kitano often uses long takes where little appears to be happening, or editing that cuts immediately to the aftermath of an event. Many of his films express a bleak or nihilistic philosophy, but they are also filled with humor and affection for their characters.
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He paints, too...

 

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