Shorts Program – One Fine Day

I‘m not going to say that my introduction to Asian cinema was with Beat Takeshi but as I’ve been watching martial arts and triad movies long before I ever ran into his sly offbeat humour with Battle Royale. After BR I started to search out his movies and I discovered an artist with a very wide range.

In 2007 Takeshi created the short One Fine Day as part of Chacun son cinéma ou Ce petit coup au coeur quand la lumière s’éteint et que le film commence (To Each His Own Cinema). While there is not a lot going on in One Fine Day it does bring a smile to my face and is a good example of Beat Takeshi’s humour.

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Not sure if you were implying this or not, but Beat Takeshi (or Takeshi Kitano) didn't direct Battle Royale, it was the late great Kinji Fukasaku's last film. But yeah, Takeshi was using his usual deadpan badass persona in the acting dept. in that film.