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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.

As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Yoshitaka Nishi
Genres:
Thriller, Romance, Crime, Drama
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.

As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Kikujiro (as Beat Takeshi)
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
3. Battle Royale (2000)
69
22
Battle Royale
69
22
As:
Cast
Role:
Kitano-sensei (as Bito Takeshi)
Genres:
Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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.

As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Zatôichi / Ichi (as Beat Takeshi)
Genres:
Crime, Action, Comedy, Drama
5. Sonatine (1993)
15
5
Sonatine
R
15
5
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Aniki Murakawa
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Romance, Action, Comedy, Thriller
6. Achilles and the Tortoise (2008)
8
3
Achilles and the Tortoise
8
3
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Machisu Kuramochi
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
7. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
13
5
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
R
13
5
As:
Cast
Role:
Sgt. Gengo Hara (as Takeshi)
Director:
Nagisa Ôshima
Genres:
War, Drama
Star Cast:
Tom Conti, Jack Thompson, David Bowie, Ryuichi Sakamoto
8. Go, Go, Second Time Virgin (1969)
8
3
Go, Go, Second Time Virgin
8
3
As:
Cast, uncredited
Role:
Gang member (uncredited)
Genres:
Drama
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.

As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Aniki Yamamoto
Director:
Takeshi Kitano
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Crime
Star Cast:
Tatyana Ali, Pat Morita, Omar Epps, Masaya Katô
10. Violent Cop (1989)
11
4
Violent Cop
11
4
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Azuma (as Beat Takeshi)
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Thriller, Action
11. Blood and Bones (2004)
7
3
Blood and Bones
7
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Joon-pyong Kim
Genres:
Drama
12. Outrage (2010)
11
5
Outrage
R
11
5
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Ôtomo (as Beat Takeshi)
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Action, Drama
13. Gohatto (1999)
9
4
Gohatto
9
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Captain Toshizo Hijikata (as 'Beat' Takeshi)
Genres:
History, Drama, Thriller
15. Boiling Point (1990)
8
4
Boiling Point
8
4
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Uehara (as 'Beat' Takeshi)
Genres:
Comedy, Thriller, Drama, Action, Crime
16. Beyond Outrage (2012)
8
4
Beyond Outrage
R
8
4
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Otomo
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Action
17. The Five (1995)
7
3
The Five
7
3
As:
Cast
Genres:
Drama, Action, Crime
18. Tokyo Eyes (1998)
6
3
Tokyo Eyes
6
3
As:
Cast
Genres:
Comedy, Thriller
19. Ryûzô to 7 nin no kobun tachi (2015)
6
3
Ryûzô to 7 nin no kobun tachi
6
3
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Murakami
Genres:
Action, Comedy
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. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Aramaki
Director:
Rupert Sanders
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Action, Sci-Fi, Drama, Mystery
Star Cast:
21. Takeshis' (2005)
7
4
Takeshis'
7
4
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Beat Takeshi / Mr. Kitano (as Beat Takeshi)
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Fantasy
22. Glory to the Filmmaker! (2007)
6
4
Glory to the Filmmaker!
6
4
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
(as Beat Takeshi)
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
23. Getting Any? (1994)
6
4
Getting Any?
6
4
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Genres:
Comedy
24. Izo (2004)
6
4
Izo
Not Rated
6
4
As:
Cast
Genres:
Horror, Sci-Fi, War, Thriller, Fantasy, Action, Drama
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. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Takahashi
Director:
Robert Longo
Genres:
Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Action
Star Cast:
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.

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

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.

As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Genres:
Thriller, Romance, Crime, Drama
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.

As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
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.

As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Genres:
Crime, Action, Comedy, Drama
Sonatine (1993)
15
5
Sonatine
R
15
5
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Romance, Action, Comedy, Thriller
Dolls (2002)
13
4
Dolls
13
4
As:
Director, Writer
Genres:
Romance, Drama
A Scene at the Sea (1991)
9
3
A Scene at the Sea
9
3
As:
Director, Writer
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Romance
Kids Return (1996)
9
3
Kids Return
9
3
As:
Director, Writer
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Sport
Achilles and the Tortoise (2008)
8
3
Achilles and the Tortoise
8
3
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
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.

As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
Takeshi Kitano
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Crime
Star Cast:
Tatyana Ali, Pat Morita, Omar Epps, Masaya Katô
Violent Cop (1989)
11
4
Violent Cop
11
4
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Thriller, Action
Outrage (2010)
11
5
Outrage
R
11
5
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Action, Drama
Boiling Point (1990)
8
4
Boiling Point
8
4
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Genres:
Comedy, Thriller, Drama, Action, Crime
Beyond Outrage (2012)
8
4
Beyond Outrage
R
8
4
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Action
Ryûzô to 7 nin no kobun tachi (2015)
6
3
Ryûzô to 7 nin no kobun tachi
6
3
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Genres:
Action, Comedy
Outrage Coda (2017)
6
3
Outrage Coda
6
3
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Genres:
Crime, Action, Drama
Takeshis' (2005)
6
4
Takeshis'
6
4
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Fantasy
Glory to the Filmmaker! (2007)
6
3
Glory to the Filmmaker!
6
3
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Getting Any? (1994)
6
4
Getting Any?
6
4
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Genres:
Comedy

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
As:
Cast, Voiceover
Role:
Take Monster (voice) (as Beat Takeshi)
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Comedy

Animation Movies

Makoto-chan (1980)
12
3
Makoto-chan
12
3
As:
Cast
Genres:
Animation

TV Shows

Musashi
17
5
Musashi
17
5
As:
Cast
Genres:
Adventure, Romance, Drama
Hyaku-nen no monogatari
9
3
Hyaku-nen no monogatari
9
3
As:
Cast
Role:
(unknown episodes)
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari kôen mae hashutsujo
7
5
Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari kôen mae hashutsujo
7
5
As:
Cast
Genres:
Comedy

Special Appearance/Cameo

Go, Go, Second Time Virgin (1969)
11
4
Go, Go, Second Time Virgin
11
4
As:
Cast, uncredited
Role:
Gang member (uncredited)
Genres:
Drama