Asakusa Kid is a 2021 Japanesse movie directed by Hitori Gekidan about the life of Takeshi Kitano. Starring Yûya Yagira and Mugi Kadowaki.
It is the 1960s and a young Takeshi Kitano drops out of school to immerse himself in the theatre. He is fortunate enough to become the protege of a famed entertainer in Japan. Takeshi is taught to practice being an entertainer day and night, awake or sleeping. He should inhabit the persona. At the same time theatre is becoming less popular as people gravitate to their televisions. (Filmaffinity)
- “Yuya Yagira excels as Kitano, but audiences looking for insight into his creative processes will be disappointed. This is shallow, but entertaining” James Marsh: South China Morning Post
“‘The Asakusa Kid’ has many entertaining moments, but falls short in its characterization of Take (…) Rating: ?? (out of 5)” Barbara Shulgasser-Parker: Common Sense Media
“Yuya Yugira gives a grounded performance (…) A good reflective movie behind the reality of the exterior we’ve seen in TV or showbiz industries (…) Rating: ???½ (out of 5)” Christina Geani: Ready Steady Cut
December 9, 2021.
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Asakusa Kid (2021)
Movie title: Asakusa Kid
Date published: January 20, 2022
Director(s): Hitori Gekidan