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Kiriyama06
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(7/25/02 4:43:14 pm)
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the man with the midas touch!!
I've just watched Hana-Bi (top notch film btw for anyone who hasn't seen it my favourite Kitano movie so far!!) and on my DVD theres a cool li'l documentary where it transpires that not only did he do his usuall trick of writing/directing while simultaneously playing the lead!! but he ALSO painted all the pictures (of which there are a fair few) and wrote the films memorable score personally!! jeez he's like that annoying kid at school who's excellent at EVERYTHING is there anything this guy sucks at???!?
also on a little side not...(going for a long post here) theres a kinda mini filmography before the documentary in which 2 films stand out (mainly cos theres no guns in em!!) the 1st is a frankly bizarre comedy thing I didn't catch the title of but I gotta see cos its so...odd! and a film called Kids Return starring a young-looking Ando Masanobu (with normal hair!!) any info on these 2 films? much appreciated...ta :)

Turtle God Kame
the chosen infected
(7/25/02 8:13:50 pm)
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kame loves kitano!!!
kitano's like the coolest guy! no, the REAL kitano... sorry bro... but when I found out about all the pics being his, I thought that was the awsomest thing! >) and no, kitano suck at nothing!

Go to Kame's House for assorted junk! Last upd8: 7/08/02

Disco Supafly
the chosen infected
(7/25/02 8:17:11 pm)
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a thought ...
Disco has to wonder what the man would be like in bed. Does he excell at that too? I imagine he'd be pretty "take control" with that one as well.

"No, no! Move your LEFT thigh OVER the melon! Now - squeeze internally for 5 seconds on ten-second intervals... NOOOO! YOU FOOL! Can't you do ANYTHING right?"

"...Sorry, Dad".

Narusegawa
manipulator of the Virus
(7/26/02 5:33:50 am)
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Re: a thought ...
He even painted the picture at the end of Battle Royale. I'd LOVE to have a poster made of that!

Kitano
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(7/26/02 6:33:05 am)
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Masanobu Andou
Kiriyama, the title of the comedy probably is "Getting Any?", and "Kids Return" HAS guns on it! Not many though, hehe, I got your point...
Kids return was Masanobu Andou's debut in movies. He was casted by Kitano himself. The two kids were chosen because they seemed the most insecure of the whole bunch of kids who applied for the roles, as he says in an interview!

A note: I'm not sure, but Andou has a nice physical condition, and he moves very well in the boxing sequences. I almost could tell that he really does boxing in his real life!
I had seen Andou in "Kids Return" before "Battle Royale", and I was surprised to see that the shy kid would turn out to be an awesome villain!

I really don't know much of "Getting Any?", but i've got "Kids Return".
It's a story about two kids who don't fit into the strict rules of japan's educational system, so, in those terms, they're considered 'losers'.
It's really a Kitano auto-portrayal, cause Kitano himself quit school, and saw yakuza and baseball stars as his role models.

One of the kids end up being part of the local Yakuza, and the other stays at the boxing club.
The two fail in both courses too, and end up where they started.

Edited by: Kitano at: 7/26/02 6:43:32 am
The Binman
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(7/26/02 6:42:15 am)
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Re: Masanobu Andou
Hana-Bi is truly one of the greatest films ever. No other film maker can mix comedy and tragedy in the way Beat can.

I've also seen a documentry about Beat (it was on Channel 4 afew years ago) and it showed a short clip from a film with Beat doing a comedy routine with the other half of the "Two Beats". I think it was the first time they's performed for a while or something. Does anyone know what film its from?

Kitano
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(7/26/02 6:46:18 am)
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Beat Kiyoshi
It was from "Kikujiro no Natsu", the two were sit at an old bus stop, wasn't it?

The Binman
manipulator of the Virus
(7/26/02 6:51:09 am)
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Re: Beat Kiyoshi
Yeah, that's the one.

It goes something like

"I wanted to be a banker"

"What with a face like that?!"

Or something similar, I can't remember now, my memory ain't what it used to be.

Kiriyama06
manipulator of the Virus
(7/26/02 7:27:58 am)
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Re: Beat Kiyoshi
bah! it was on C4 and I missed it??!? the guy who plays Okazaki in Ring 2 (who Ive also seen in Hana-Bi and Boiling Point) is part of that comedy troupe isn't he? well must go I'm off to buy Sonatine :)

Kitano
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(7/27/02 4:04:06 pm)
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The guy whose name I don't know but not for long.
He is? I didn't know that...!

Edited by: Kitano at: 7/27/02 4:04:53 pm
Kiriyama06
manipulator of the Virus
(7/27/02 4:46:42 pm)
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Re: The guy whose name I don't know but not for long.
(quickly peeks at Ringworlds cast list...) Yanagi Yuurei (ghost with an extra U!) is his name and yeh he is....apparently!

Disco Supafly
the chosen infected
(7/27/02 9:59:09 pm)
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A theory on Japanese actors ...
Ok, so I'm guessing that instead of the Western version of "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon", in Japan they must have "Six Degrees of Takeshi Kitano". :D But judging by the amount of film work he does, they could reduce it to, like, "The Two degrees of ..."

The Binman
manipulator of the Virus
(7/28/02 8:03:31 am)
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Re: A theory on Japanese actors ...
He's even got a little helper that carrries an umbrella around for him. HOW GREAT IS THAT!?!


(Ho-yeah! Lone Wolf and Cub!)

Disco Supafly
the chosen infected
(7/28/02 9:25:23 am)
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Re: A theory on Japanese actors ...
You got it in one!! Lone Wolf and Son, or Lone Wolf with Cub (depending on your translation) truly rovk! I've got "swor of Vengeance" dubbed on original video, and I just taped "Baby Cart in Hades" the other night off SBS (multi-cultural channel) in Japanese! Woohoo!!

"Ogami Itto de gozai". (kakkoiiiiiii~!!)

The Binman
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(7/29/02 4:45:48 am)
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Re: A theory on Japanese actors ...
I'm trying to buy all the manga at the mo (22 @#%$ books!!!) but I really wanna see the films. I've seen a few clips and they look pretty cool, especially one clip where he cuts off some poor samurai's legs. hehehehe!
He da samurai bomb.

Disco Supafly
the chosen infected
(7/29/02 8:23:26 am)
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Re: A theory on Japanese actors ...
Gee, that'd be just about ALL of 'em! :lol "Sword of vengeance", the first in the series, is the absolute best. It's by far the most violent. And besides that, it's the darkest of them all. Not just for the body count, but for the fact that Ogami's fight against the Emporor really seems like a lost cause. He will NEVER have the chance to sleep, because someone will always be sent to kill him. It's a very foreboding film with a feeling of "helplessness".

Also referred to as the "Baby Cart" series, the movies go as follows:
1) Sword of Vengeance (1972)
2) Baby Cart at the River Styx (also 1972)
3) Baby Cart to Hades (sorta silly in my opinion) (1973)
4) Baby Cart in Peril (also '73) [worth the price of admission if only for the topless female assassin ;) ]
5) Baby Cart in the Land of Demons (haven't seen it)
6) White Heaven in Hell (haven't seen it)