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  Takeshi Kitano Collection on Blu-ray [read more]
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  Takeshi Kitano burst onto the scene as a director in 1989 with Violent Cop and quickly established himself as a filmmaker to watch. He continued within the yakuza genre with 1990's Boiling Point and with Sonatine, released three years later, he gained deserved international acclaim. As part of the BFI's major season JAPAN2020, these three films will be released on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK in the Takeshi Kitano Collection on 29 June 2020 followed by digital release on 27 July 2020. Numerous extras include commentaries for each film, a documentary looking at Kitano's cinematic image and more.

Born in Japan in 1947, Takeshi Kitano is a comedian, television presenter, author, actor and filmmaker who has become a cultural icon both in his own country and abroad. He is predominately known in the West for his work as an actor and director on films including Battle Royale, Zatoichi and Hana-bi, the last of which won the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival.

More often known by his stage name 'Beat' Takeshi, Kitano has been described as the true successor to legendary director Akira Kurosawa, and it's hard to imagine greater praise than that. Watch a Sonatine clip at the link above.
  Graeme Clark [9 Jun 2020 at 23:09]
     

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