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Two Beats by Kitano

Takeshi Kitano in <EM>Sonatine </EM>(1997)
Takeshi Kitano in Sonatine (1997)
Two Beats by Kitano
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK  •  Peter Jay Sharp Building  •  Ongoing

Actor-director Takeshi “Beat” Kitano is one of Japan’s most distinctive voices; his idiosyncratic style combines eye-popping violence, deadpan humor, and disarming wellsprings of emotion.

Directed by Takeshi Kitano | 1993

With Takeshi Kitano, Aya Kokumai, Tetsu Watanabe

Kitano redefined the gangster movie genre with this witty, off-kilter portrait of an aging, world-weary yakuza mobster with one last assignment: end an Okinawan gang war. Along the way there’s an extended interlude at a beachside hideout with surreal explosions of violence that erupt and abate as quickly as they begin — capped by a startlingly abstract climactic shootout.

Directed by Takeshi Kitano | 1997

With Takeshi Kitano, Kayoko Kishimoto, Ren Ohsugi

Kitano’s Venice prize-winning masterpiece intercuts meditative scenes of domestic calm with sudden explosions of operatic, artfully abstracted violence. This wrenching portrait of two men — Nishi (Kitano, blankly Keaton-esque), a former detective who gets mixed up with the yakuza while caring for his dying wife, and his wheelchair-bound former partner—is a true original: an eccentric Leone-meets-Kaurismäki existential action thriller.

In Japanese with English subtitles

Brooklyn Academy of Music Website

Detailed schedule information:
Screenings at 4:30 pm, 7:00 pm, 9:30 pm

Contact: Brooklyn Academy of Music
Peter Jay Sharp Building
30 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Tel: (1) 718 636 41 00

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