'BEAT' Takeshi Kitano
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Takeshi Kitano is mainly known in the west for his work as an actor and film director ("Sonatine," "Boiling Point," "Violent Cop," and more). But in Japan, his huge following knows him as 'Beat' Takeshi, the TV Host, comedian, writer, and otherwise undefinable personality this book celebrates. No ordinary biography, this publication is a smattering of a photo album, film stills, behind-the-scenes documentation, mixed-media art, and long-form magazine styled anecdotes, histories, and accolades for the iconic, enigmatic figure. Visually stimulating and considerably cheeky, the publication is like a rogue scrapbook. But importantly, this book's fun doesn't sidestep its commitment to present a whole picture of Kitano's life and work; rather, it succeeds in doing so on the levels of both content and totally unique biographic form.
Ed. by Brian Jacobs.