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Product Title: Takeshis' (Korean Version) Takeshis' (Korean Version) Takeshis' (Korean Version) Takeshis' (Korean Version) 다케시즈 (한국판)
Artist Name(s): Kitano Takeshi | Osugi Ren | Kishimoto Kayoko | Terajima Susumu | Beat Kiyoshi | Kyono Kotomi | Musaka Naomasa | Miwa Akihiro 北野武 | 大杉漣 | 岸本加世子 | 寺島進 | Beat Kiyoshi | 京野琴美 | 六平直政 | 美輪明宏 北野武 | 大杉涟 | 岸本加世子 | 寺岛进 | Beat Kiyoshi | 京野琴美 | 六平直政 | Miwa Akihiro 北野武 | オオスギレン | 岸本加世子 | テラジマススム | ビートきよし | 京野ことみ | 六平直政 | 美輪明宏 Kitano Takeshi | Osugi Ren | Kishimoto Kayoko | Terajima Susumu | Beat Kiyoshi | Kyono Kotomi | Musaka Naomasa | Miwa Akihiro
Release Date: 2007-02-22
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Japanese, Korean
Place of Origin: Hong Kong, Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Publisher: Alto
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004638323

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* Screen Format : Anamorphic Widescreen
* Sound Mix : Dolby 5.1 & 2.0
* Extras :
- 메이킹 필름
- 예고편 모음

* Director : 기타노 다케시

수많은 ‘다케시’들의 등장, 비트 다케시에서 편의점 직원 기타노 다케시까지.
12년동안의 설정과 스토리의 무수한 변화를 거쳐 마침내 실현된 작품!!
2005년 베니스 영화제 서프라이즈 프리미어 상영이 끝난 후, 5분여간의 박수 갈채!
언어보다는 영상으로 표현하고자 하고, 언제나 새로운 영화적 기법에 대해 고민하는 기타노 다케시,

그에 대한 전 세계 영화관계자들의 뜨거운 찬사!
기타노 군단 배우들의 총 출동, <소나티네><자토이치><하나비>의 명장면의 인용!
그리고, 누구도 생각하지 못했던 마지막 장면!

연예계의 대스타 비트 다케시의 일상은 바쁘고 화려하다. 안팎에서 절대적인 권력을 행사하는 그를 두고 사람들은 '괴물'이라 부르며 무서워하지만, 아름다운 정부와 충성스런 매니저를 곁에 둔 그의 인생은 부족할 것 하나 없어 보인다. 한편, 그와 똑같이 생긴 금발의 기타노는 별볼일 없는 배우로서 수도 없이 오디션에 떨어지며, 편의점 직원으로 겨우 생계를 연명하고 있다. 사건은 우연히 기타노와 비트 다케시가 만나면서 발생한다. 오디션 탈락이 줄 잇는 가운데, 기타노는 점점 비트 다케시가 연기하는 영화세계에 휘말려 가는데.... 환상과 현실의 경계선이 모호한 비트 다케시의 영화 세계에서 기타노가 맞이하는 충격적 결말이란?
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Professional Review of "Takeshis' (Korean Version)"

December 9, 2005

This professional review refers to Takeshis' (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
If you thought Kitano Takeshi's 2003 riff on Shintaro Katsu's Zatoichi character was a little weird, you ain't seen nuthin' yet. Takeshis', his 2005 follow-up, is one strange trip. In addition to writing and directing chores, Kitano follows in the footsteps of such noted thespians as Jackie Chan and Jean Claude Van Damme by taking on dual roles. In Takeshis', the auteur plays a fictionalized version of himself, the world-famous celebrity "Beat" Takeshi and also a blond convenience store clerk-turned-struggling actor named Kitano Takeshi. But just when you think this is going to be yet another movie about mistaken identity or perhaps the umpteenth retelling of The Prince and the Pauper, Kitano pulls a fast one on the audience, delivering a film that is anything but conventional.

Despite the doubling involved, this "Tale of Two Takeshis" features a plot that starts out simple enough. By sheer chance, the two identical men meet each other at a TV station. Prodded by his pal (Terajima Susumu), the "Average Joe" Takeshi asks Beat for an autograph. Beat's slick girlfriend (Kyono Kotomi) comments on the resemblance, which later leads the actor to reflect on what his doppelganger's life might actually be like. Meanwhile, the ordinary Takeshi returns to his humdrum life at the convenience store, finding time during his off-hours to audition for small parts, only to be met with rejection at each and every turn. Although quirkiness abounds in the opening reels, things start to get a whole lot weirder as the film progresses.

It seems that Takeshi has a neighbor (Terajima once more) who loves to mock him behind his back to his trashy girlfriend (Kyono again as well), a woman who becomes idealized in Takeshi's mind. If the additional dual roles weren't enough, there's also the appearance of an angry woman (Kishimoto Kayoko), who stalks and harasses both the ordinary Takeshi and the celebrity Beat at a level that defies reality. And then there's the cab driver who offers Takeshi a job (Osugi Ren), who looks an awful lot like Beat's manager (yep, you guessed it - Osugi again). As a cabby, Takeshi finds himself taking on numerous passengers, including two sumo wrestlers and a young boy dressed up as a geisha (who previously appeared in Beat's storyline), as he tries to maneuver the taxi amidst a gaggle of accident victims strewn all over the road. Sure, that last bit can be explained away as a dream, but what about the appearance of a Japanese version of Seinfeld's Soup Nazi, who later reappears in the form of three different men simultaneously, all of whom maintain additional roles in the narrative! And then there's the film's frame story, which shows Kitano as a wounded Japanese soldier staring down the barrel of a gun. Where does that go? Is it a film within a film? A reference to Kitano's first movie, Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence? Who the heck knows? As you might suspect, any further plot summary of Takeshis' would prove wholly impractical, if for no other reason than the rest of the film is completely and utterly bananas.

To Kitano's credit, that's part of the point - in interviews, he's admitted that the film is supposed to make audiences feel confused and uncomfortable. Steeped in references to Kitano's life, Takeshis' is essentially a send-up of the man himself, an in-joke whose punchline depends entirely on how "in" the audience is with the real life Kitano's filmography and personal history.

In addition to the film's efforts toward self-parody, the plot, or what passes for one, can be boiled down to an exploration of dreams - in this case, how one man's dream can not only beget other dreams, but how these dream worlds could cross over and interact. So does that make it all a dream? In a manner of speaking, yes. The sheer body count in the film is so ludicrous that it pretty much telegraphs to the viewer that nothing of what you see really matters, but even so, the dream-like explanation of the film doesn't end up feeling like a cop-out. What it is, however, is excessive. This over the top grandstanding culminates in a climactic scene in which Takeshi (assuming the gangster-like screen persona of the real Beat) stands in front of his Porsche while an armada of policemen and samurai suddenly appear before him on the beach. With machinegun in hand, Takeshi blasts away, killing off numerous attackers, while he himself remains relatively unscathed. It's all a joke, but considering that it's an oft-repeated one, even within the movie itself, it's not quite as funny as it should be.

Still, Takeshis' is ambitious in the sense that it tries to imagine a life for a Kitano Takeshi who never achieved the level of superstardom that befell the real-life man. Despite its glaring flaws, it's definitely a fascinating way to cap off this stage of his career, for the film very much feels like an ending of some kind. Sometimes quirky, sometimes tedious, and always surreal, Takeshi Kitano's cinematic attempt to satirize his celebrity persona is perhaps a bit too puzzling and self-indulgent a film to truly satisfy its lofty ambitions. But all things considered, the sheer audacity of its narrative as well as its welcome comic touch make Takeshis' a compelling, if impenetrable, cinematic ride.

By Calvin McMillin

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