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Takeshi Kitano’s last movie he will direct could be a samurai film with Ken Watanabe

Takeshi Kitano (Zatôichi, Sonatine) is going to direct a new samurai film called Neck (Kubi). There is also a chance this could be the last movie that the 74 year old Kitano will direct.

The film is based on Kitano’s 2019 novel, Kubi, published by Kadokawa. Variety had the news from Japanese magazine Josei Jishin. Kitano’s agency had no comment.

His most recent film as director was 2017’s Outrage Coda.

The novel is a fictional retelling of the real-life Honno-ji Incident, in which famed warlord Oda Nobunaga was assassinated at a temple in Kyoto in 1582. Kitano’s version takes place before the assassination.

The film is also said to star Japanese actor Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai, Inception).

Shooting is supposed to start in May. Kitano will be working with a new staff minus the participation of long-time producer Mori Masayuki.

I am excited for any new Kitano Takeshi movie so I am looking forward to this.

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