Before Beat Takeshi’s early days, he didn’t want to be a comedian! Asakusa Kid era


Don’t be laughed at! Make me laugh!


How was Beat Takeshi in his early days? How did he become an entertainer?

I will answer such a question.


Before Beat Takeshi’s early days, he didn’t want to be a comedian! Asakusa Kid era



Takeshi Kitano, also known as Beat Takeshi, is a comedian representing Japan, a talent, and a film director who is active in the world.

I will tell you the unknown secret of Beat Takeshi! Takeshi has worked on various popular programs and
While leaving behind his film works, he also had many troubles such as the Friday attack and motorcycle accidents, and it can be said that he is the person who left behind the most legendary episodes among Japanese comedians.

In this article, we will introduce carefully selected secrets, episodes, anecdotes, trivia, etc. that have not been known since before Takeshi’s early days.


From Takeshi Kitano’s upbringing to before the early days


Beat Takeshi Profile

Beat Takeshi and Takeshi Kitano (Takeshi Kitano, 1947 <Showa 22> January 18 -)
Born in Shimane, Adachi-ku, Tokyo. After graduating from Tokyo Adachi High School, he was expelled from Meiji University’s Faculty of Engineering (currently Faculty of Science and Engineering), Department of Mechanical Engineering (later recognized as a special graduate).
Japanese comedian, film director and actor.
In the manzai boom that occurred in the early 1980s, he played an active part in the manzai duo Two Beat. He gained popularity with his cynical comedy based on social satire, and appeared in TV programs such as “THE MANZAI” and “Ore Tachi Hyokinzoku”, which were also huge hits. Since the late 1980s, he has appeared in movies and TV dramas as an actor, and since the 1990s, he has also been active as a film director. He made his film directorial debut in 1989’s The Man Became Violent.


By the way, I wrote this article “TOM@Koudou no Kokui”, but I have a lot in common with Mr. Takeshi Kitano.

TOM@The Secret of Thought Power

Born in Kohoku, Adachi-ku, Tokyo. After graduating from Adachi Technical High School in Tokyo, he joined a major electronics manufacturer.
Born near Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo, raised in Kohoku, Adachi-ku, a downtown kid
Well, I don’t care about my early days. . .


Born as the fourth son of painter father Kikujiro Kitano (1899-1979) and mother Saki Kitano (1904-1999). . He was named ‘Bu’ because of his wish that ‘I want him to grow like a bamboo and endure anything.’

He said, “I was born in Asakusa and grew up in a downtown area.” He said, “I was born in Asakusa (Taito Ward), but I moved to Adachi Ward as soon as I could remember.”

Takeshi Kitano’s father Kikujiro

It seems that he was not able to get any work done, and although he was contracted to do architectural brush work by a building contractor who lived next door with whom he had a family relationship, he was not able to earn much. There was also, it seems that I could not put money in the house.

In addition, her mother, Saki-san, was earning money from a side job and diligently saving money.

What should be noted here is Takeshi’s father’s name “Kikujiro”. Is that so.

That famous movie “Kikujiro no Natsu”


“Kikujiro no Natsu” is a Japanese movie released on June 5, 1999. Directed by Takeshi Kitano. An official entry in the competition section of the 52nd Cannes Film Festival. A road movie depicting a summer trip and interaction with a boy searching for his mother, who was separated at birth, and a delinquent middle-aged man.


Takeshi reveals why he named the protagonist after his father. “Why did you decide to name the main character after your father?”
When I went to visit his grave for the first time in a long time, there was a parent named ‘Kikujiro’, I haven’t forgotten it.”


“Kikujiro’s Summer”: A masterpiece that draws you into a vortex of emotions! A journey of several days by two “boys” who come into contact with the harshness of reality and the kindness of people while meeting various people and incidents.
Masao, who had only followed Kikujiro’s side as he acted out of the blue at times, eventually began to walk beside him, holding his hand firmly. . . .

Under the influence of my mother, I had excellent grades in elementary, junior high and high school.

In such a life, Takeshi is very much loved by his grandmother Ushi Kitano (although they are not related by blood), but his mother Saki raises him very strictly.

Saki didn’t receive a proper education when she was young, and she believed that education was the only way to break the vicious cycle of poverty. They checked their notebooks, and when the children went to school, they would always check from outside the window to make sure they were taking classes properly.

When Takeshi was in elementary school, his grades were excellent, and he was particularly good at mathematics and arts and crafts.

After graduating from junior high school, she entered Adachi High School, which had a high deviation score at that time.


In my early days, I aspired to be an entertainer from the elevator number at Asakusa France Theater!

As instructed by his mother, Takeshi studied hard and successfully entered the Faculty of Engineering at Meiji University. Although his mother disowns him, Takeshi’s path to becoming an entertainer starts here.

In the summer of 1972, when I went to Asakusa, where I used to play a lot during my high school days, I saw a notice at the Asakusa striptease theater, Asakusa Franceza, and applied for an “elevator number wanted.” He started working as an elevator boy at the Asakusa French Theater. Later, Takeshi said,

When I was working part-time at a jazz café, a new wave of art was emerging, and my friends would go to Shingeki and movie director Koji Wakamatsu. When I saw that, I thought I had to do something too.

I wasn’t interested in movies at that time, so I went to Asakusa, where I used to hang out in high school. Then, the company that owns the entertainment hall Asakusa Franceza had a notice that they were looking for an “elevator number”, so I got a part-time job.

And it is revealed about the circumstances that came to aim for an entertainer. Beat Takeshi started working as an elevator boy at the Asakusa French Theater, but was liked by the comedian Senzaburo Fukami, who was also the owner and chairman of the theater, and finally started his career as an entertainer.

Tap dance that I learned in my early days


In 1972, at the age of 25, he started working as an elevator boy at the Asakusa French Theater. I was practicing tap dancing,

One day, the lady who played the role of the lady suddenly caught a cold and was absent from the stage. A big hit with Mr.

Early career, debut as an undercard

While studying tap dance under Fukami-san, she learns skits as the opening comedian “Kita Senta”, and improves her skills by appearing in interlude skits. Then, while many of the members saw Mr. Fukami as an unapproachable person, Mr. Takeshi, who was not afraid, was liked by Mr. Fukami, and even in a general place, he suddenly fired a gag (bokeh). , It seems that Mr. Takeshi was trained to improvise the art of cursing Mr. Fukami without interrupting it, and Mr. Takeshi is swayed by Mr. Fukami all the time in this unique way of training. Thanks to that, I learned the art.

On the stage, Takeshi made full use of ad-libs and had a novel way of picking up words.

The sad story of Asakusa Kid in his early days

At Asakusa France-za in his early years, Kazuki-san, also known as Kakey, entered the theater a little later than Takeshi-san. form a friend. The two of them were so close that they vowed to sell together, talking about comedy until the early hours of the morning, practicing skits on the roof of the theater, and so on. However

Before long, Mr. Kirkey can’t ad-lib, and he begins to feel a big difference in ability with himself. Mr. Kirkey, who was painfully aware of the difference in ability with Mr. Takeshi, eventually became a mental illness and was hospitalized. The combination had naturally disappeared.

After that, although it is unknown when, Mr. Kirkey jumped from the second floor of the building. He said he told me.

Takeshi’s 1986 song “Asakusa Kid”



Among the lyrics, the lyric “Don’t say you gave up your dreams” is said to be about Mr. Kirkey.)

I met you at the Nakamise simmered chuhai where you talked about your dreams at the whale shop

The promise that burst into bubbles is her apartment in Asakusa with the lights out

Bought the same suit for the first time and made the same style of chotai

I didn’t have the money to buy the same shoes

she believed that one day she would sell


Escape from the bottom line! Manzai boom from the formation of Two Beat

While searching for a debut in the entertainment world with a comedy, he was invited by Jiro Kaneko (later Kiyoshi Beat), a two-year senior who was in and out of the French Theater, to form a comedy duo.

Takeshi, who was particular about comics, was cautious about manzai, but at that time, the French theater was in financial difficulties, and even the payment of salaries was lacking. I was fascinated by the manzai that I could earn with just one suit, so I accepted the stage as Jiro of the manzai duo “Jiro Matsuzuru Jiro” under Chiyowaka and Chiyogiku of the Matsuzuru family.

From Fukami, I was allowed to continue living in the attic of the French Theater.


After that, the two changed the name of the combination to “Two Beat”, with Takeshi’s stage name being “Beat Takeshi” and Kaneko’s stage name being “Beat Kiyoshi”.

During the manzai boom that began in 1980, Two Beat, along with B&B, The Bonchi, and others, rose to fame by selling offensive manzai and offensive jokes.



During this period, while chatting in the dressing room with Mitsuo Senda, the first moderator of “Star Bakushoza” (TBS), who appeared as a two-beat, the gag “Comanechi!”, Known as Takeshi’s representative gag, was born. .

In the summer of 1982, the boom ended completely, and Takeshi became “Talent Beat Takeshi” instead of “Two Beat Takeshi”. rice field.

You can learn about Beat Takeshi’s upbringing and it will cheer you up! The stage is Tokyo, which is booming from the postwar period to the period of rapid economic growth. From the first memory of Takeshi boy, through the Olympics, to the university days when I was wandering around Shinjuku in the era when the student movement was gaining momentum. A piercing nostalgia and a moratorium on youth… A novel that approaches the essence of human beings!

friday raid

In December 1986, a reporter from Kodansha’s weekly magazine “FRIDAY” injured a woman Kitano was dating by forcibly interviewing her. In retaliation, Kitano attacked the editorial department of FRIDAY with some members of the Takeshi Corps, and was arrested by the police on suspicion of burglary, damage to property, and assault. Due to this incident, the excessive coverage of the weekly photo magazine became a problem, and it became a social phenomenon, such as the Chief Cabinet Secretary at the time mentioning it.
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Career as a film director

Since the 1990s, he has also worked as a film director. He made his film directorial debut with 1989’s The Man on the Fierce, and received worldwide acclaim with Sonatine (1993). He won the Golden Lion Award at the Venice International Film Festival for HANA-BI in 1997.

Characteristics of Kitano films

1) “Kitano Blue” video based on blue

2) There are many walking scenes

3) Less lines

4) Continuity of four-panel comics.

5) Realism of depiction of violence without instantaneous killing, second killing, and moderation. Fear of things happening before the audience imagines.

6) Kitano’s habit of saying “stupid bastard” or “this bastard” is used a lot in the movie.

7) A gag suddenly woven into the tension.


Finally, Takeshi Kitano’s “Famous Words”

So, that’s all for now.

Finally, I would like to conclude with a quote from Takeshi Kitano.

Life isn’t all about fun. You can enjoy it if you think it’s a proof that you’re alive even if you think it’s painful.

Even if you try desperately, it doesn’t always go well, and sometimes you can’t help it. Education should teach people that it is normal and natural.

Hard work is like lottery. I don’t know if I will win if I buy it, but if I don’t buy it, I won’t win.

I would be happy if you could refer to it even a little.

Thank you for reading to the end.

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