Special Events

Citizen Kitano

Directed by: Yves Montmayeur
2020 / 73 minutes / Unclassified 15+

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The larger-than-life personality behind the icon

Explosive and unpredictable to the extreme, Takeshi Kitano’s immense lifetime of work has cultivated his legendary image among cult audiences across the globe. An icon of Japanese cinema, Kitano’s boundary-pushing directorial success is famously shadowed by his highly popular comedy personality ‘Beat Takeshi’ on Japanese television. Composed of exclusive interviews and archival footage with significant figures such as Akira Kurosawa and David Bowie, this dynamic documentary presents a stark portrait of what led to Kitano’s fruition into an artist obsessed with gunning self-expression and the darker truths of the Japanese condition. From the yakuza street gangs of a war-torn city to winner of a Golden Lion in Venice, director Yves Montmayeur condenses an incomprehensibly vast personality into momentary clarity.


Post-Film Talk Event

Kitano Blue

Professor Sean Redmond (Deakin University) will explore Kitano’s films through the lens of colour and how it has been used to convey emotions and character relationships, while advancing storylines. Professor Redmond will also connect Kitano’s use of colour to painting and art – the way they add fine grain detail to the passing of time and the silence of space.


Venue: The Kino, Melbourne
Date: 28 October, 2023 (Sat)
Screening: 15:30 – 16:50
Talk Event: 16:50 – 17:20

Audience warning: Contains strong violence, themes of suicide, mild nudity, moderate coarse language

Sunday 15th October

Palace Electric, Canberra

Wednesday 18th October

Palace Raine Square, Perth

Sunday 22nd October

Palace Barracks, Brisbane

Tuesday 24th October

Palace Balwyn, Melbourne

Wednesday 25th October

The Kino, Melbourne

Saturday 28th October

Post-Film Talk Event

The Kino, Melbourne

Monday 30th October

Palace Norton Street, Sydney

Tuesday 31st October

Palace Verona, Sydney

Screens in: Canberra, Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney

Director: Yves Montmayeur

Cast: Takeshi Kitano, Michel Temman, Kayoko Kishimoto, Katsumi Yanagijima and Akira Kurosawa

Genre: Documentary

Category: Special Events

Language(s): Japanese, French, English and Mandarin with English subtitles

Format: DCP colour