Takeshi Kitano is the notorious leader who sits atop the appropriately named “Takeshi’s Castle”. Takeshi Kitano is seen as the ‘Final Boss’ of the hit game show Takeshi’s
Castle. As with all Japanese celebrities – especially those on game shows, they really become the character they are acting. Whilst Takeshi’s Castle was a small part of Takeshi’s career (only spanning 3 years ‘86 – ‘89). He is also an established director, actor and owns a talent agency and has won numerous awards for his work.
Takeshi is well respected and has amassed a large following of loyal fans. Whilst I couldn’t find much information out about the specifics his personal life, I managed to find a great deal out about his works and the recognition he has received, not just on a Japanese stage. He has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award in Moscow and was name a Commander of the Order of the Arts and Letters of France.
What I really found interesting about Takeshi and his work was the way he commits to each roll. Some of Takeshi’s earlier films are dramas about Yakuza gangsters or the police. Many of his films express a bleak or nihilistic philosophy, but they are also filled with humor and affection for their characters. Takeshi’s films leave paradoxical impressions and can seem controversial. The Japanese public knows him primarily as a TV host and comedian. I believe this method of filming complemented his acting style which contributed to his success.
I think the best way to communicate the diversity of Takeshi Kitano is by simply showing him in two completely different roles.