Filmfest 2006

Beat Takeshi lives the busy, and sometimes surreal, life of a show biz celebrity. But his blond look-alike named Kitano, a shy convenience store cashier, is still an unknown actor waiting for his big break. After crossing paths with Beat and a series of frustrating auditions, Kitano seems to mysteriously fall into a fantasy state highlighted by aspects of Beat’s real life and violent on-screen persona. "For years, I was working over an idea of a film... about an ordinary guy and events happening around him but at a certain point it takes on a weird twist. The story unfolds as it interweaves between his real time actions and imaginary worlds in his consciousness, multi-layered like a Baumkuchen cake... For more than a decade I had been nudging my producers to green-light the project. But every time I asked, they kept putting it off saying, "maybe next time", until I changed the character, setting and plot and called it TAKESHIS’". Takeshi Kitano

tags: Feature film

Cast: Takeshi Kitano, Kotomi Kyono, Kayoko Kishimoto


Director: Takeshi Kitano