Glory to the Filmmaker!

  (Redirected from Kantoku Banzai)

Glory to the Filmmaker! (監督·ばんざい!, Kantoku · Banzai!) is a 2007 Japanese film written, directed, edited by the film's lead star Takeshi Kitano. It is the second film in Kitano's surrealist autobiographical trilogy, following Takeshis', and concluding with Achilles and the Tortoise.

Glory to the Filmmaker!
Theatrical release poster
Directed byTakeshi Kitano
Produced byMasayuki Mori
Written byTakeshi Kitano
StarringBeat Takeshi
Tōru Emori
Susumu Terajima
Yuki Uchida
Anne Suzuki
Ren Osugi
Music byShinichirô Ikebe
CinematographyKatsumi Yanagishima
Edited byTakeshi Kitano
Distributed byTokyo Theatres
Office Kitano
Release date
  • June 2, 2007 (2007-06-02)


The comedy crosses a broad range of genres common to Japanese film in a fashion similar to Getting Any?, Kitano's 1995 parody.[citation needed] Kitano described the film as "a cinematic extension of his manzai comedy routines that continues in much the same vein as his last feature, the similarly eclectic Takeshis'."[1]


Kitano plays a hapless film director in search of a commercial hit, while suffering failure after failure as he tries out different genres.



In 2007, the Venice Film Festival introduced a new award named after the film; Kitano was the first recipient of this Glory to the Filmmaker! award.[2]


  1. ^ "Is it 'Beat' or 'Kitano'? Takeshi on "Kantoku – Banzai!"". Archived from the original on May 29, 2007. Retrieved June 22, 2007.
  2. ^ Venice to hand out Kitano prize. Variety Asia Online. Archived September 3, 2007, at the Wayback Machine

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