250 Great Directors: Takeshi Kitano

“One thing I hate in movies is when the camera starts circling around the characters. I find that totally fake.”


What Got This Director Here?
: His 90s output.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: N/A. Does the teacher in Battle Royale count?

What Did I Watch: Fireworks.

Where Does He Fit: Fireworks is a deeply unusual film, with all the violence being incredibly graphic yet only occurring in weird little bursts that don’t fit the story of a man trying to get money for his sick wife, with the director and star being the same, staring out into the abyss. Everything seems to take so long for this man, from earning cash to spray painting a car for undercover work. The tender and the stoic are merged in form and content. It seems pretty stupid at first, but it manages to just narrowly dodge it in a way that results in a gloomy poignancy that can’t be pinned down.

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Most Valuable Asset: Inexpressive explosions.
Most Excited For: Sonatine.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Undecided, but this is definitely a keeper, so sure for now.

Coming Up Next: Japanese master of epics, Masaki Kobayashi.

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