articles

  • Comedy plus Massacre
    By Chuck Stephens [Film Comment Jan-Feb 1995]

  • And the Beat goes on
    TIFF 1996 Kitano Takeshi Symposium
    By Aaron Gerow [The Daily Yomiuri, October 3, 1996]


  • Kitano le Maitre-Fou
    French critic Thierry Jousse writes about his love to Kitano [In French]
    By Thierry Jousse [Trafic n?25 Spring 1998]


  • Equinox Flower
    Perhaps the most insightful comment to date on Hana-bi
    By Dave Kehr [Film Comment March/April 1998]


  • A Comedian Star is Born
    A detailed account of Kitano's rise as comedian
    By Tomohiro Machiyama ["Beat Takeshi Kitano", Tadao Press Publications 1999, page 105-113]


  • The Beat Goes On
    A very detailed portrait of Kitano
    By Hiroko Tashiro [TIME Asia, February 5, 2001]


  • Brother [PDF]
    About the cinematography of Brother [InCamera April 2001]

  • Reigniting Japanese Tradition with Hana-Bi [PDF]
    An interrogation of Hana-Bi for its appropriation of traditional Japanese iconography
    and its insertion into a global marketplace for Asian auteur-gangster films
    By Darrell William Davis [Cinema Journal 40, No. 4, Summer 2001]


  • The Baddest Dude on Earth
    A very personal comment on Takeshi Kitano
    By William Gibson [TIME Asia 2003]


  • A Divine Comedy: The Films of Takeshi Kitano
    A reflection upon style and motifs of Takeshi Kitano
    By Tim Smedley [June, 2003]


  • Striking a new Beat
    Background on Kitano's Zatoichi
    By Michiko Toyama [TIME Asia, September 15, 2003]


  • Blood, Guns and Baseball
    An essay about the themes and techniques in his films
    By Dobromir Harrison [2004]


  • Global Village
    Cinematograph Yanagishima and lighting director Takaya talks about shooting Zatoichi
    By John Pavlus [American Cinematographer, June 2004]


  • The Empty Chair
    An alternative interpretation of Brother
    By Henrik Sylow [October 2004]


books

box office

comments by...

  • Donald Richie
    Donald Richie notes upon different topics related more or less to Kitano
    By Donald Richie ["A Hundred Years of Japanese Film", 2001]


  • Donald Richie on Takeshi Kitano
    General comments on Kitano
    By Donald Richie [Midnight Eye, August 12, 2003]


graphics

interviews

  • Five questions by Martin Scorsese
    Martin Scorsese asks Kitano Takeshi five questions about cinema
    By Martin Scorsese [Cahiers du Cin?ma 500/March 1996]


  • The Harder Way
    A commentary on Kids Return and an interview with Kitano Takeshi about the film and its elements
    By Tony Rayns [Sight & Sound 6/1996]


  • Hana Bi
    A conversation with Kitano about Hana-Bi [In French]
    By Michel Ciment [Positif n? 441: November 1997]


  • Silent Running
    A conversation with Kitano Takeshi about Hana-Bi
    By Tony Rayns [Sight & Sound 12/1997]


  • Monsieur Joe
    A conversation with composer Joe Hisaishi about working with Kitano
    By St?phane Lacombe [HK n? 5: December 1997]


  • Flowers and Fire
    A set report for Hana-Bi
    By Tony Rayns [Sight & Sound 12/1997]


  • The Ultimate Renaissance Man
    A very personal and down to earth interview with Kitano Takeshi about Hana-Bi and cinema in general
    By Jim Hoberman [Village Voice March 1998]


  • Takeshi Kitano
    An interview with Kitano Takeshi about his career and cinema
    By Mark Schilling ["Contemporary Japanese Film", July 1998]


  • The Debut of Kitano
    An interview about Kitano's debut as a director
    By Chris Dafoe [1999]


  • Takeshi Kitano
    An interview with Kitano Takeshi about his motifs, style and Kikujiro
    By Dirk Jaspers [Filmstar.de, 1999]


  • Papa Yakuza
    A conversation about Kikujiro
    By Tony Rayns [Sight & Sound 6/1999]


  • To die in America
    An interview about Brother
    By Tony Rayns [Sight and Sound 4/2001]


  • In the Heart of Love
    A conversation with Kitano about Dolls [In French]
    By Michel Ciment [Positif n?506: April 2003]


  • Puppet Love
    An interview with Kitano Takeshi about Dolls and its elements
    By Tony Rayns [Sight & Sound 6/2003]


  • Swordplay like bowling in cricket
    A conversation about Zatoichi with a very casual "Beat" Takeshi and Mori Masayuki
    By Tony Rayns [Sight and Sound 11/2003]


  • Creer un Tempo
    An in-depth and insightful interview about the production of Zatoichi
    By Michel Ciment [Positif n?513 Novembre 2003]


  • The Kitano Talkshow (IFFR 04)
    Tony Rayns hosts this traditional and very entertaining talk-show with Kitano Taskeshi,
    who talks about Zatoichi and many other things
    By Sato Yuu[kitanotakeshi.com 01/2004]


  • Kitano at the IFFR 04
    Kitano Taskeshi talks about Zatoichi and being a director in his first fan-only interview
    By Henrik Sylow [kitanotakeshi.com, January 23, 2004]


  • Getting Any? - An Interview
    "Beat" Takeshi talks about Getting Any? in a both personal and very humorous interview
    By Zilli [kitanotakeshi.com 06/2004]


  • Kitano in London
    A very informative and intertaining interview with Kitano Takeshi about Zatoichi
    By Matthew Turner [kitanotakeshi.com 07/2004]


  • Blind Fury
    A conversation with Kitano about Zatoichi
    By Stephen Apllebaum [total DVD number 65 07/2004]


  • Takeshi Kitano
    Daisuke Nishimura talks with Kitano about why his cinema is so unique and about why his films differ.
    By Daisuke Nishimura [Tokion number 46 March/April 2005]


  • Kitano in Paris
    Henrik Sylow talks with Kitano Taskeshi about Takeshis'
    By Henrik Sylow [September 1, 2005]


  • Les faux-semblants de Takeshi Kitano
    A brief interview with Kitano about Takeshis'
    By Alain Lorfevre [La Libre Belgique, September 5, 2005]


  • Cannes 2007
    A brief interview with Kitano about Jazz, film and Kantoku Banzai
    by Mario Carta, Renato Quinzio and Mathier Godan [Cannes, May 5, 2007]


press material [directed by Kitano]

  • Sonatine [PDF]
    Domestic Pressbook to Sonatine by Novemberfilm [Sweden]

  • Hana-bi [PDF]
    Domestic Pressbook to Hana-Bi by Milestone Films [USA]

  • Hana-bi [PDF]
    Domestic Pressbook to Hana-Bi by by Oc?ans Film [France]

  • Kikujiro [PDF]
    Presskit to Kikujiro by Fiche Film [France]

  • Kikujiro [PDF]
    Presskit to Kikujiro by Columbia Tri-Star [Italy]

  • Zatoichi [PDF]
    Domestic Pressbook to Zatoichi by Celluloid Dreams [France]

  • Zatoichi [PDF]
    International Pressbook to Zatoichi by Celluloid Dreams [France]

  • Zatoichi [PDF]
    Domestic Pressbook to Zatoichi by Artificial Eye [United Kingdom]

  • Zatoichi [PDF]
    Domestic Pressbook to Zatoichi by Concorde Filmverleih GmbH [Germany]

  • Takeshis' [PDF]
    Presskit to Takeshis' for Venice 2005 by Film Press Plus [International]

press material [directed by others]

  • Taboo [PDF]
    Domestic Pressbook to Taboo by New Yorker Film [USA]

television

  • Kikujiro to Saki
    Notes upon the Asahi TV special and mini-series Kikujiro to Saki, based upon the autobiographical book "Kikujiro to Saki" by Kitano.

video