Yuya Yagira (left) plays the comedian and filmmaker Takeshi Kitano in the film Asakusa Kid.
Yuya Yagira (left) plays the comedian and filmmaker Takeshi Kitano in the film Asakusa Kid.

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Netflix movie review: Asakusa Kid – Takeshi Kitano biopic charts the Japanese comedian and filmmaker’s rise from strip club beginnings

  • Based on Kitano’s 1988 memoir, this movie charts the filmmaker’s early years as elevator boy turned comedian in a seedy Tokyo cabaret club
  • Yuya Yagira excels as Kitano, but audiences looking for insight into his creative processes will be disappointed. This is shallow, but entertaining

Topic |   Asian cinema: Japanese films
Yuya Yagira (left) plays the comedian and filmmaker Takeshi Kitano in the film Asakusa Kid.
Yuya Yagira (left) plays the comedian and filmmaker Takeshi Kitano in the film Asakusa Kid.
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