Takeshi Kitano

1947 - Today

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Takeshi Kitano (北野 武, Kitano Takeshi, born 18 January 1947) is a Japanese comedian, television presenter, actor, filmmaker, and author. While he is known primarily as a comedian and TV host in his native Japan, he is better known abroad for his work as a filmmaker and actor as well as TV host. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Takeshi Kitano has received more than 2,462,151 page views. His biography is available in 57 different languages on Wikipedia. Takeshi Kitano is the 75th most popular film director, the 55th most popular biography from Japan (up from 68th in 2019) and the 5th most popular Japanese Film Director.

Takeshi Kitano is a Japanese actor, comedian, director, author, television presenter, and screenwriter. He has been called "the enfant terrible of Japanese cinema" and "the most significant Japanese filmmaker since Akira Kurosawa."

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  • 74.26

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  • 57

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  • 4.76

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  • 4.33

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among film directors, Takeshi Kitano ranks 75 out of 1,580Before him are F. W. Murnau, Luc Besson, Terrence Malick, George A. Romero, Ernst Lubitsch, and Howard Hawks. After him are Stephen Hillenburg, Dario Argento, Costa-Gavras, Richard Attenborough, Dziga Vertov, and William Hanna.

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Among people born in 1947, Takeshi Kitano ranks 23Before him are Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Iggy Pop, Tom Clancy, Robert Kiyosaki, Shirin Ebadi, and Michael Porter. After him are Farrah Fawcett, Paco de Lucía, Salman Rushdie, Glenn Close, Gigliola Cinquetti, and Herman Van Rompuy.

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Among people born in Japan, Takeshi Kitano ranks 55 out of 5,560Before him are Emperor Kōmei (1831), Minamoto no Yoritomo (1147), Itō Hirobumi (1841), Liv Ullmann (1938), Shinzō Abe (1954), and Jiro Horikoshi (1903). After him are Emperor Ninkō (1800), Emperor Kōkaku (1771), Uesugi Kenshin (1530), Date Masamune (1567), Utamaro (1753), and Sasaki Kojirō (1583).


Among film directors born in Japan, Takeshi Kitano ranks 5Before him are Hayao Miyazaki (1941), Akira Kurosawa (1910), Isao Takahata (1935), and Yasujirō Ozu (1903). After him are Kenji Mizoguchi (1898), Nagisa Oshima (1932), Masaki Kobayashi (1916), Shohei Imamura (1926), Franklin J. Schaffner (1920), Ishirō Honda (1911), and Makoto Shinkai (1973).