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Arts Blouin Artinfo 2014 January

Takeshi Kitano Attacks Japanese Movie Industry at Tokyo International Film Festival

by Robert Michael Poole

Renowned film director Takeshi Kitano slammed the Japanese movie industry Saturday, moments after receiving the Samurai Award at the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival. “The studios are linked to movie theaters, that’s the worst thing,” Kitano said before surprising even admirers of his outspoken personality by claiming that the entire film industry in Japan is in crisis, reliant on anime and comic-book adaptations supported by TV companies.