Takeshi "Beat" Kitano

November 17 to November 25

Comedian, television host, painter, author, producer, distributor, and all-around superstar, Takeshi “Beat” Kitano is best known to international audiences as one of the great contemporary filmmakers. As an actor he’s a preternaturally calm, eternally impassive presence, billed as “Beat”; as a director, he’s all about rhythm—the long quiet lull before a storm of violence, the canny delivery of the ace comic. Watching Kitano’s films, you learn to expect the unexpected, whether it’s a swiftly-delivered chopstick into the brainpan or Kitano’s radical shifts between bleak yakuza films, contemplative character pieces, and ventures into wistful comedy.

Co-presented with the Japan Foundation
Special thanks to Kanako Shirasaki

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