FROGMAN, the director of Thermae Romae and Insufficient Direction, has produced a series of short animated commercials for the upcoming home video release of Takeshi Kitano's comedic yakuza film, Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen. Hit the jump to check out the 1st entry in the series.
Angfa Co. - a Japanese company dedicated to developing anti-aging health and beauty products - has resurrected the infamously difficult and surreal 1986 Famicom video game, Takeshi's Challenge, featuring design work by Takeshi 'Beat' Kitano. Hit the jump to learn more.
A new teaser trailer for the upcoming live-action crime drama / suspense film Mozu is now available online. Hit the jump to check it out.
Don't mess with the elderly, especially when those gray-haired gentlemen aren't gentlemen at all, but rather retired yakuza! Takeshi Kitano writes and directs Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen, a dark comedy arriving at Japanese theaters in April. Hit the jump to learn more.
To close out the year and promot their new "Crown", car company Toyota has presented a convergence of their ReBorn ad campaigns with the meeting of beloved robot cat Doraemon, as portrayed by French actor Jean Reno and the modern reincarnation of Sengoku era's second great unifier of Japan Toyotomi Hideyoshi, as portrayed by comedian/actor/director Beat Takeshi. Get a look after the jump.
After delaying the project in the wake of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, director/actor/sometimes comedian Takeshi Kitano is back with yakuza sequel Outrage Beyond. Leading into its Japanese opening on October 6th, a new promo uses its gangsters as an object lesson in movie theater etiquette. Get a look after the jump.
"Beat" Takeshi Kitano hasn't done a yakuza movie since 2000's Brother with Omar Epps. Last year's Outrage was met with widespread critical acclaim, and now it's on its way to the US. Hit the jump to see a trailer for the upcoming ensemble epic.