Japan’s Kitano surprises Venice with wacky new film

Japan's Kitano surprises Venice with wacky new film

Japanese cult director Takeshi Kitano baffled and enthralled Venice on Friday with the premiere of “Takeshis,”‘ a surreal send-up of his eclectic career which weaves together the lives of a TV celebrity and his lookalike. The surprise addition to a list of 19 films vying for the Venice Film Festival‘s top Golden Lion prize is a bewildering jaunt from smoky mah-jong parlors and noodle bars to showdowns between gun-slinging yakuza gangsters. Clara Ferreira-Marques reports for Reuters.

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