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Bīto Takeshi

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Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence by Nagisa Ōshima( Visual )

17 editions published between 1982 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 613 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a Japanese prison camp on Java in 1942, two British officers, John Lawrence and Jack Celliers, encounter camp commander Yonoi and his sergeant Hara. Things had been going pretty well, until charismatic, rebellious Celliers arrived. Yonoi is a devotee of the samurai ideal; neither he nor Hara can understand the stoic way in which the British prisoners accept their situation of defeat. Lawrence speaks Japanese, and ceaselessly tries to mediate between the prisoners and their overseers, translating both the words and the values of the two races. Celliers' attitude, however, is more comprehensible to Yonoi. He and Celliers arrive at a sort of détente, based on an admiration for the other, but this eventually turns into a contest of wills as the camp's carefully nurtured equilibrium is destroyed
Kikujirō no natsu by Bīto Takeshi( Visual )

27 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in Japanese and English and held by 495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Feature film from Japan. A tough-guy buffoon is persuaded to accompany a lonely 9-year old on a quest to locate his unknown mother. Gambling away the money for the trip, the pair are forced to live by their wits, sharing various encounters along the way, and an unlikely bond forms between them
Johnny Mnemonic by Keanu Reeves( Visual )

22 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 494 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Second decade of the 21st century. Corporations rule. The world is threatened by a new plague: NAS. Nerve Attenuation Syndrome, fatal, epidemic, its cause and cure unknown. The corporations are opposed by the LoTeks, a resistance movement risen from the streets: hackers, data-pirates, guerrilla-fighters in the info-wars. The corporations defend themselves. They hire the Yakuza, the most powerful of all crime syndicates. They sheathe their data in black ice, lethal viruses waiting to burn the brains of intruders. But the LoTeks wait in their strongholds, in the old city cores, like rats in the walls of the world. The most valuable information must sometimes be entrusted to mnemonic couriers, elite agents who smuggle data in wet-wired brain implants. Johnny Mnemonic is one of these couriers. This is his story
The Blind Swordsman Zatoichi ; Sonatine by Bīto Takeshi( Visual )

75 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 494 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Beat is a blind wanderer whose humble facade disguises his prodigious skills as a master swordsman, gifted with a lightning fast draw and strokes of breathtaking precision. Arriving in a remote mountain town, he finds its people terrorised by the ruthless Ginzo gang and their might samurai ronin Hattari, who mercilessly dispose of all who get in their way. With his legendary cane sword at his side, Zatoichi's path is destined for many violent confrontations"--Container
Batoru rowaiaru tokubetsu-hen( Visual )

24 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in Japanese and held by 477 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'In the near future, the economy has collapsed, unemployment has soared and juvenile crime has exploded. Fearful of their nation's youth, the Japanese government passes The BR Law: Each year, a 9th grade class is sent to a remote island where they will be locked into exploding neck collars, given a random weapon, and forced to hunt and kill each other until there is only one survivor left.' -- Container
Hana-bi Fireworks by Bīto Takeshi( Visual )

21 editions published between 1997 and 2005 in Japanese and held by 477 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A hard-boiled ex-cop, haunted by a troubled past and pushed to the edge by the shooting of his partner, confronts his demons in a ruthless quest for justice and redemption
Dolls by Bīto Takeshi( Visual )

59 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in 8 languages and held by 331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Feature film from Japan. Drama. Three love stories tinged with sadness: a young couple's love is ruined; a Yakuza boss pines for his former girlfriend; a fan displays his devotion to a disfigured pop star
Outrage by Bīto Takeshi( Visual )

21 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a ruthless battle for power several yakuza clans vie for the favour of their head family in the Japanese underworld. The rival bosses seek to rise through the ranks by scheming and making allegiances sworn over sake. Theirs is a never-ending struggle to end up on top or at least survive in a corrupt world where there are no heroes but constant betrayal and vengeance
Brother by Bīto Takeshi( Visual )

36 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in 8 languages and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After his crime boss is murdered in a Tokyo gang war, a yakuza gangster is exiled to Los Angeles. He has a big bag of money and a really bad attitude and hooks up with his half-brother who is the leader of a small-time drug ring. Together, with a local street hustler, the brothers declare war on the other local drug traffickers. This ignites into the bloodiest, dirtiest, nastiest power struggle L.A. has ever seen
Beyond outrage( Visual )

5 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in Japanese and English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Takeshi Kitano returns to his yakuza saga, Outrage, but this time a manipulative police crackdown on organized crime has ignited a tricky power struggle in the yakuza underworld that the police hope starts a war between the crime families and that the families destroy each other
Sonatine by Bīto Takeshi( Visual )

57 editions published between 1993 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of worlds cinema's most consistently interesting directors, Kitano Takeshi has the uncanny knack of being able to repeat himself without becoming tiresome. The lean and absorbing Sonatine, the filmmaker's fourth feature, bears all the trappings of a typical Kitano gangster flick: an impassive antihero, slapstick comedy, stylish mayhem, and an undercurrent of sadness. Sonatine is a strange hybrid, wedging the aimless story of a beach idyll into a straightforward genre picture. With his weathered face and unimposing slouch, Kitano is an unlikely candidate to play a cool antihero. But as with most of his movies, tight-lipped stoisism and coiled viciousness go a long way. Formally, the picture is as strong as anything Kitano has done. The stark and static compostions have cumulative power, creating a meditative mood thats almost alien to the genre. For all its deviations from the generic norm, the movie doesn't really tell us anything new; it's the telling that makes the movie worth watching. Familiar by Kitano's standards, Sonatine never fails to surprise anyway, a testament to the peculiarity of his vision.--Insert
Sono otoko kyobo ni tsuki Violent cop by Bīto Takeshi( Visual )

38 editions published between 1989 and 2012 in 7 languages and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Detective Azuma is a Dirty-Harry style rogue cop who often uses violence and unethical methods to get results. While investigating a series of drug-related homicides, Azuma discovers that his friend and colleague, Iwaki is supplying drugs from within the police force. After Iwaki is murdered and Azuma's sister is kidnapped, he breaks all the rules to dish out his particular form of justice
Chi to hone( Visual )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in Japanese and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kim is a despicable man who physically and emotionally assaults everyone around him. He abuses the workers at his fish cake factory, his mistress, his estranged wife, and his entire family. He has ruthlessly pursued success at any cost and wastes his earnings while keeping the people closest to him in desperate need
3-4x 10-gatsu Boiling point by Bīto Takeshi( Visual )

12 editions published between 1990 and 2003 in Japanese and English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two members of a Japanese junior baseball team get mixed up with the local yakuza. After their coach is severely injured by the gangsters, the two boys set off to Okinawa to purchase a gun in order to get revenge
Battle royale the complete collection( Visual )

1 edition published in 2012 in Japanese and held by 121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary 'Battle Royale' act. 42 students, three days, no rules, one survivor
Kids return by Bīto Takeshi( Visual )

20 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two high school students act out their rebellion against expectations of conformity in Japan
A scene at the sea by Bīto Takeshi( Visual )

19 editions published between 1991 and 2010 in Japanese and English and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A deaf-mute teenager enters surfing competitions and falls in love with a deaf-mute young woman
Sonachine Sonatine by Bīto Takeshi( Visual )

5 editions published between 1993 and 1998 in Japanese and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A seasoned mobster goes to the island of Okinawa on a "peacekeeping" mission, even though he suspects his boss is secretly trying to eliminate him. Determined not to go down without a fight, he and his gang know exactly what they have to do
Battle royale Batoru rowaiaru( Visual )

10 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in Japanese and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sometime in the near future, near anarchy has broken out in Japan. The government responds by passing the Battle Royale Act, a piece of legislation mandating that a group of young people - and only young people - are forcibly marooned together on an island, and forced to kill each other until one survivor is left. If more than one is still alive after three days, every survivor will be killed. The film follows a class of 14-year-olds who believe they're on a school trip, when they are drugged. They wake up, in a derelict building on a deserted island; they're each given enough provisions for three days, a weapon, and the ultimatum. This version contains eight minutes of additional material not included in the theatrical release
A guru is born : a novel by Bīto Takeshi( Book )

3 editions published between 1994 and 2012 in English and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After losing his job and girlfriend, a man becomes a member of a religious sect, which he soon discovers is a scam. Before he knows it, however, he is the cult's leader. Takeshi Kitano is a world renowned modern day renaissance man whose accomplishments include filmmaking, writing, art and comedy. He is a master in the hard-boiled Japanese gangster movie genre with a fan base which includes the likes of Quentin Tarantino
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Beat, Takeshi

Beat, Takeshi 1947-

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Bīto, Takeshi

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Kitano, Beat Takeshi

Kitano, Beat Takeshi 1947-

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Takeshi, Beat 1947-

Takeshi, Kitano

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Китано, Такеси, 1947-

Китано, Такеши, 1947-



ビート タケシ, 1947-


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北野 武 1947-....

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Sono otoko kyobo ni tsuki Violent cop3-4x 10-gatsu Boiling pointA guru is born : a novelKitano TakeshiBeat Takeshi vs. Takeshi Kitano'Beat' Takeshi Kitano