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Takeshi Kitano

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Takeshi Kitano (北野 武, Kitano Takeshi, born January 18, 1947), also known in Japan as Beat Takeshi (ビートたけし, Bīto Takeshi), is a Japanese comedian, actor, and filmmaker. 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. 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Takeshi Kitano has received more than 2,852,019 page views. His biography is available in 62 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 57 in 2019). Takeshi Kitano is the 51st most popular film director (up from 75th in 2019), the 43rd most popular biography from Japan (up from 55th in 2019) and the 3rd 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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  • 62

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  • 4.29

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  • 4.70

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Among film directors, Takeshi Kitano ranks 51 out of 1,581Before him are Tim Burton, Lars von Trier, Éric Rohmer, Abbas Kiarostami, Jacques Tati, and Emir Kusturica. After him are William Wyler, Brian De Palma, Sydney Pollack, Roger Vadim, Theo Angelopoulos, and Werner Herzog.

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Among people born in 1947, Takeshi Kitano ranks 19Before him are Mario Draghi, Josep Borrell, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, O. J. Simpson, and Michael Porter. After him are Paul Auster, Tom Clancy, Carlos Santana, Glenn Close, Iggy Pop, and Salman Rushdie.

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Among people born in Japan, Takeshi Kitano ranks 43 out of 6,048Before him are Tadao Ando (1941), Morihei Ueshiba (1883), Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi (1894), Kenzaburō Ōe (1935), Emperor Ninkō (1800), and Hiroshige (1797). After him are Emperor Kōkaku (1771), Saigō Takamori (1828), Itō Hirobumi (1841), Yoshinori Ohsumi (1945), Chūichi Nagumo (1887), and Takeda Shingen (1521).


Among film directors born in Japan, Takeshi Kitano ranks 3Before him are Akira Kurosawa (1910) and Hayao Miyazaki (1941). After him are Isao Takahata (1935), Yasujirō Ozu (1903), Kenji Mizoguchi (1898), Nagisa Oshima (1932), Masaki Kobayashi (1916), Shohei Imamura (1926), Hideaki Anno (1960), Franklin J. Schaffner (1920), and Ishirō Honda (1911).