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List of Takeshi Kitano Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Fireworks (1997)
18
5
Fireworks
18
5

Nishi is a police officer in Japan, whose wife Miyuki is suffering from leukemia, and his partner gets paralyzed after being attacked by gangsters.  Eventually, he makes up his mind to leave the police force.

Role:
Yoshitaka Nishi
2. Kikujiro (1999)
15
5
Kikujiro
PG-13
15
5

Masao is a lonely nine year old boy who decides to look for his estranged mother during his summer holidays, whom he has not even met. Meanwhile, Kikujiro, an immature and irresponsible man is asked by his wife to travel with Masao. The two set out on a journey together.

Role:
Kikujiro (as Beat Takeshi)
3. Battle Royale (2000)
69
22
Battle Royale
69
22
Role:
Kitano-sensei (as Bito Takeshi)
4. The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (2003)
24
8
The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi
R
24
8

The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi is a crime action comedy film which tells the story of a blind swordsman who comes to defend the people of a small town, who are caught in the middle of a gang war, and are forced to pay excessive amounts of tax. He soon meets two women, with each having their own agenda.

Role:
Zatôichi / Ichi (as Beat Takeshi)
5. Sonatine (1993)
15
5
Sonatine
R
15
5

Murakawa is an enforcer working for the Yakuza, who is getting tired of his gangster life. He is sent by his boss to Okinawa, to mediate a dispute between the Nakamatsu and the Anan clans. Murakawa suspects something wrong with the assignment, and thinks it might be an attempt to have him removed.

Role:
Aniki Murakawa
6. Achilles and the Tortoise (2008)
8
3
Achilles and the Tortoise
8
3
Role:
Machisu Kuramochi
7. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
13
5
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
R
13
5

During the Second World War, Jack Celliers, a British soldier is captured by Japanese forces and held in a prison camp by Capain Yanoj. Both Yanoj and Sgt. Hara get intrigued wih Celliers’ open defince in the face of their staunchy old-world ideas. Meanwhile, a translator tries to bridge the cultural divides between the British and Japanese, hoping to avoid bloodshed.

Role:
Sgt. Gengo Hara (as Takeshi)
Starring:
Tom Conti, Jack Thompson, David Bowie, Ryuichi Sakamoto
Directed By:
Nagisa Ôshima
8. Go, Go, Second Time Virgin (1969)
8
3
Go, Go, Second Time Virgin
8
3
Role:
Gang member (uncredited)
9. Brother (2000)
14
6
Brother
R
14
6

A Japanese gangster is deported to the United States, where his brother lives with a small and multi-racial gang. He begins to inspire them to expand their influence and conquer the local drug trade.

Role:
Aniki Yamamoto
Starring:
Tatyana Ali, Pat Morita, Omar Epps, Masaya Katô
Directed By:
Takeshi Kitano
10. Violent Cop (1989)
11
4
Violent Cop
11
4

Violent Cop is a crime drama action thriller film which tells the story of Detective Azuma, who finds out that his friend Iwaki is supplying drugs from within the police force. Things get even worse when Iwaki is murdered, and Azuma’s sister is kidnapped. Therefore, Azuma decides to break all rules, if necessary, to find the culprit.

Role:
Azuma (as Beat Takeshi)
11. Blood and Bones (2004)
7
3
Blood and Bones
7
3
Role:
Joon-pyong Kim
12. Outrage (2010)
11
5
Outrage
R
11
5

The leader of a big crime ring orders his lieutenant to bring a rogue gang of drug dealers in line. However, this leads to a huge gang war.

Role:
Ôtomo (as Beat Takeshi)
13. Gohatto (1999)
9
4
Gohatto
9
4

Set during the Shogun era in Japan, this action drama film takes us to a samurai compound, where young warriors are trained in the art of swordfighting. The film centres around a good-looking young samurai, who is the newest member of the group. Several of the other samurai find themselves attracted to him, which creates a lot of tensions among them.  

Role:
Captain Toshizo Hijikata (as 'Beat' Takeshi)
14. Chacun son cinéma ou Ce petit coup au coeur quand la lumière s'éteint et que le film commence (2007)
8
4
Chacun son cinéma ou Ce petit coup au coeur quand la lumière s'éteint et que le film commence
8
4

This anthology film is a collection of 33 different short films, where the directors expresses their ideas and feelings regarding cinema.

Starring:
David Cronenberg, Jeanne Moreau, Isabelle Adjani, Lars von Trier, Josh Brolin, Bradley Walsh, Michael Lonsdale
15. Boiling Point (1990)
8
4
Boiling Point
8
4

Boiling Point is a crime drama film which tells the story of a baseball player who seeks help from a bar owner with underworld connections, in order to seek revenge on the local yakuza, after his coach was attacked.

Role:
Uehara (as 'Beat' Takeshi)
16. Beyond Outrage (2012)
8
4
Beyond Outrage
R
8
4
Role:
Otomo
17. The Five (1995)
7
3
The Five
7
3
18. Tokyo Eyes (1998)
6
3
Tokyo Eyes
6
3
19. Ryûzô to 7 nin no kobun tachi (2015)
6
3
Ryûzô to 7 nin no kobun tachi
6
3
Role:
Murakami
20. Ghost in the Shell (2017)
64
38
Ghost in the Shell
PG-13
64
38

The movie follows Major Mira Killian, a cyborg supersoldier who works to stop the world’s most dangerous criminals. As Killian starts discovering more about her past, she realizes that her life was stolen from her by Hanka Robotics. Now she will stop at nothing to get revenge and remember her true identity. 

Role:
Aramaki
Starring:
Scarlett Johansson, Juliette Binoche, Pilou Asbaek, Anamaria Marinca, Michael Pitt, Pilou Asbæk
Directed By:
Rupert Sanders
21. Takeshis' (2005)
7
4
Takeshis'
7
4
Role:
Beat Takeshi / Mr. Kitano (as Beat Takeshi)
22. Glory to the Filmmaker! (2007)
6
4
Glory to the Filmmaker!
6
4
Role:
(as Beat Takeshi)
23. Getting Any? (1994)
6
4
Getting Any?
6
4
24. Izo (2004)
6
4
Izo
Not Rated
6
4

Izo is a fantasy action drama thriller film which tells the story of a samurai assassin named Izo, who is captured after he kills several of the Shogun’s men. He is eventually executed, but his anger propels him through time and space, bringing him to present day Tokyo, where he finds himself among the homeless. Still in search of his vengeance for what had happened to him, he decides to transform himself into a new and improved killing machine.

25. Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
22
17
Johnny Mnemonic
R
22
17

A data courier Johnny, who carries data packages for a fee, receives an assignment to carry a package which is too large to hold, and which he needs to deliver before a given time. 

Role:
Takahashi
Starring:
Keanu Reeves, Henry Rollins, Dolph Lundgren, Udo Kier, Ice-T, Dina Meyer
Directed By:
Robert Longo
26. Battle Royale II (2003)
7
8
Battle Royale II
7
8

A group of young school students, most of whom are orphans, are kidnapped by an authoritarian Japanese government. Their school bus is diverted to an army base and the students are given 72 hours to infiltrate an island and kill an international terrorist named Shuya Nanahara.

27. Ano sensô wa nandattano ka - Nichibei kaisen to Tôjô Hideki (2008)
10
2
Ano sensô wa nandattano ka - Nichibei kaisen to Tôjô Hideki
10
2
Role:
Hideki Tôjô
28. Hoshi wo tsugu mono (1990)
8
3
Hoshi wo tsugu mono
8
3
29. Aka medaka (2015)
8
3
Aka medaka
8
3
Role:
Danshi
30. Kikoku (2010)
8
3
Kikoku
8
3
31. Kyôso tanjô (1993)
8
3
Kyôso tanjô
8
3
Role:
Daisuke Shiba
32. Kanashii kibun de joke (1985)
8
3
Kanashii kibun de joke
8
3
Role:
Hiroshi Igarashi (as Beat Takeshi)
33. Manon (1981)
8
3
Manon
8
3
Role:
Shinobu
34. Kichiku (2002)
7
3
Kichiku
7
3
Role:
(as Beat Takeshi)
35. Dioxin from Fish! (1992)
7
3
Dioxin from Fish!
7
3
Role:
Azuma (as Beat Takeshi)
36. Anego (1988)
7
3
Anego
7
3
Role:
Shoji Sugimoto, Hitman (as 'Beat' Takeshi)
37. A Legend of Turmoil (1992)
7
3
A Legend of Turmoil
7
3
38. Dearest (2012)
7
3
Dearest
7
3
39. Doctor X: Gekai Daimon Michiko Special (2016)
6
3
Doctor X: Gekai Daimon Michiko Special
6
3
40. Yasha (1985)
6
3
Yasha
6
3
41. Comic Magazine (1986)
6
3
Comic Magazine
6
3
Role:
Police (as Beat Takeshi)
42. Mosquito on the Tenth Floor (1983)
6
3
Mosquito on the Tenth Floor
6
3
43. Sukkari... sono ki de! (1981)
6
3
Sukkari... sono ki de!
6
3
Role:
(as Beat Takeshi)
44. Danpu wataridori (1981)
6
3
Danpu wataridori
6
3
45. Outrage Coda (2017)
6
4
Outrage Coda
6
4
46. Hagoku (2017)
5
3
Hagoku
5
3
Role:
Urata
47. A Living Promise (2016)
5
3
A Living Promise
5
3
48. Wada Akiko satsujin jiken (2007)
4
3
Wada Akiko satsujin jiken
4
3
49. While the Women Are Sleeping (2016)
4
4
While the Women Are Sleeping
4
4
Role:
Sahara
50. Black Gospel (2014)
4
3
Black Gospel
4
3
51. The Monster X Strikes Back: Attack the G8 Summit (2008)
4
4
The Monster X Strikes Back: Attack the G8 Summit
4
4
52. Erotic Liaisons (1992)
4
3
Erotic Liaisons
4
3
53. Mozu the Movie (2015)
3
3
Mozu the Movie
3
3
54. FNS 27 HRS Television 27 (2013)
0
0
FNS 27 HRS Television 27
0
0
Role:
Don Kayakuda / Rokuro Uchida / Nô Ushida

Director

Fireworks (1997)
19
6
Fireworks
19
6

Nishi is a police officer in Japan, whose wife Miyuki is suffering from leukemia, and his partner gets paralyzed after being attacked by gangsters.  Eventually, he makes up his mind to leave the police force.

Kikujiro (1999)
15
5
Kikujiro
PG-13
15
5

Masao is a lonely nine year old boy who decides to look for his estranged mother during his summer holidays, whom he has not even met. Meanwhile, Kikujiro, an immature and irresponsible man is asked by his wife to travel with Masao. The two set out on a journey together.

The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (2003)
25
8
The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi
R
25
8

The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi is a crime action comedy film which tells the story of a blind swordsman who comes to defend the people of a small town, who are caught in the middle of a gang war, and are forced to pay excessive amounts of tax. He soon meets two women, with each having their own agenda.

Sonatine (1993)
15
5
Sonatine
R
15
5

Murakawa is an enforcer working for the Yakuza, who is getting tired of his gangster life. He is sent by his boss to Okinawa, to mediate a dispute between the Nakamatsu and the Anan clans. Murakawa suspects something wrong with the assignment, and thinks it might be an attempt to have him removed.

Dolls (2002)
13
4
Dolls
13
4

Dolls is a romantic drama film which revolves around three different characters, with each having their own distinct story. The first story is about a young man, who rejects his engagement to his fiancé, and decides to marry the daughter of his company’s president instead. The second story is about a young man, who is obsessed with a pop star. The third story is about a yakuza, who tries to meet a girlfriend from his youth.

A Scene at the Sea (1991)
9
3
A Scene at the Sea
9
3

A garbage man with impaired hearing finds a broken surfboard, and despite having no prior experience in surfing, he decides to try it out. Despite going through several mishaps and being mocked by locals, he does not give up.

Kids Return (1996)
9
3
Kids Return
9
3

Kids Return is a crime drama sports film which revolves around two high-school friends who decide pursue careers in the boxing ring, after discovering their talent. However, their paths diverge when one of them chooses to join the Yakuza.

Achilles and the Tortoise (2008)
8
3
Achilles and the Tortoise
8
3
Brother (2000)
14
6
Brother
R
14
6

A Japanese gangster is deported to the United States, where his brother lives with a small and multi-racial gang. He begins to inspire them to expand their influence and conquer the local drug trade.

Starring:
Tatyana Ali, Pat Morita, Omar Epps, Masaya Katô
Directed By:
Takeshi Kitano
Violent Cop (1989)
11
4
Violent Cop
11
4

Violent Cop is a crime drama action thriller film which tells the story of Detective Azuma, who finds out that his friend Iwaki is supplying drugs from within the police force. Things get even worse when Iwaki is murdered, and Azuma’s sister is kidnapped. Therefore, Azuma decides to break all rules, if necessary, to find the culprit.

Outrage (2010)
11
5
Outrage
R
11
5

The leader of a big crime ring orders his lieutenant to bring a rogue gang of drug dealers in line. However, this leads to a huge gang war.

Chacun son cinéma ou Ce petit coup au coeur quand la lumière s'éteint et que le film commence (2007)
8
4
Chacun son cinéma ou Ce petit coup au coeur quand la lumière s'éteint et que le film commence
8
4

This anthology film is a collection of 33 different short films, where the directors expresses their ideas and feelings regarding cinema.

Starring:
David Cronenberg, Jeanne Moreau, Isabelle Adjani, Lars von Trier, Josh Brolin, Bradley Walsh, Michael Lonsdale
Boiling Point (1990)
8
4
Boiling Point
8
4

Boiling Point is a crime drama film which tells the story of a baseball player who seeks help from a bar owner with underworld connections, in order to seek revenge on the local yakuza, after his coach was attacked.

Beyond Outrage (2012)
8
4
Beyond Outrage
R
8
4
Ryûzô to 7 nin no kobun tachi (2015)
6
3
Ryûzô to 7 nin no kobun tachi
6
3
Outrage Coda (2017)
6
3
Outrage Coda
6
3
Takeshis' (2005)
6
4
Takeshis'
6
4
Glory to the Filmmaker! (2007)
6
3
Glory to the Filmmaker!
6
3
Getting Any? (1994)
6
4
Getting Any?
6
4

Narrator/Dubbing

The Monster X Strikes Back: Attack the G8 Summit (2008)
6
6
The Monster X Strikes Back: Attack the G8 Summit
6
6
Role:
Take Monster (voice) (as Beat Takeshi)

Animation Movies

Makoto-chan (1980)
12
3
Makoto-chan
12
3

TV Shows

Musashi
17
5
Musashi
17
5
Hyaku-nen no monogatari
9
3
Hyaku-nen no monogatari
9
3
Role:
(unknown episodes)
Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari kôen mae hashutsujo
7
5
Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari kôen mae hashutsujo
7
5

Special Appearance/Cameo

Go, Go, Second Time Virgin (1969)
11
4
Go, Go, Second Time Virgin
11
4
Role:
Gang member (uncredited)