Kitano at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival
|Native name||åŒ—é‡Ž æ¦|
18 January 1947 |
Adachi, Tokyo, Japan
|Other names||Beat Takeshi|
|Alma mater||Meiji University|
|Occupation||Comedian, television personality, film director, actor, author, screenwriter, film editor, singer, painter|
|Relatives||Hideshi Matsuda (brother-in-law)|
|Awards||Golden Lion (1997)|
I don't really expect much from my life. So when I heard my films are premiering in film festival circuits I was glad of course but I thought it was lucky accident.
I intentionally shoot violence to make the audience feel real pain. I have never and I will never shoot violence as if it's some kind of action video game.
One thing I hate in movies is when the camera starts circling around the characters. I find that totally fake.
The thing about art for me is that you can go on theorising your work forever, because it's open to interpretation.
Humour is like violence. They both come to you unexpectedly, and the more unpredictable they both are, the better it gets.
I always come to conclusions very fast. Well, that is one way of thinking, and the other way would be that I lack the necessary perseverance to stick to one thing that really fits me. I don't know if it's a good thing or bad thing.
I paint for the sheer joy of painting. I have never sold any of my paintings. I'd rather give them to people for free.
I do all these various activities like painting and writing, comedy and films probably because not that I'm good at everything but because I'm not good at any of these things.
For me comedy and violence has a lot in common. Just as you expect, comedy always lurks behind the most unexpected of circumstances.
I thought maybe I could become like the next Van Gogh. I bought a sunflower and painted it, and it looked like the work of a 6-year-old.
My film directorial career has been nothing but repetition of one failure after another!
When people tell me I'm an artist, I say, 'What?' It's impossible for me to take the idea seriously.
Sword fighting in film is not about how good the fighter is, but how good the actor receiving the blows is.