Based on “Beat” Takeshi Kitano’s memoir, Netflix Film ‘Asakusa Kid’ is a true and moving tale of the living legend, in a tale of dreams, failures, love, and loyalty of Kitano with his mentor – the famed comedian Senzaburo Fukami.
Directed by Hitori Gekidan, the film starts streaming on Netflix on December 9, 2021.
‘Asakusa Kid’ – Movie Synopsis
Legendary comedian and auteur Takeshi Kitano is known in Japan and around the world, but lesser known are his mentor and his friends who helped him reach such heights. Studying under Senzaburo Fukami, a largely forgotten comedian who once mastered the stage, and with help from his fellows, he starts to carve out his own path to stardom, only to discover too late the price of his fame and success — the people who helped get him there.
Set in mid-1960s Asakusa, a somewhat seedy part of Tokyo, Kitano dropped out of college in search of something better and took a job at the Asakusa Furansu-za theater known as a hall of fame for strip shows and comedy, where he soon became an apprentice of the legendary comedian Senzaburo Fukami. Fukami was the comedy master behind other famous comedians such as Hachiro Azuma and Kinichi Hagimoto, who disavowed television and only believed in the live stage. Kitano worked hard under Fukami to polish his craft and achieve his dream of becoming a successful comedian. However, as home television became ever more popular, live comedy gradually fell out of favor.
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Movie: Asakusa Kid
Director: Hitori Gekidan
Writer: Takeshi Kitano (novel), Hitori Gekidan
Cast: Yo Oizumi, Yuya Yagira, Mugi Kadowaki, Honami Suzuki, Morio Kazama, Hiroyuki Onoue
Cinematographer: Futa Takagi
Release Date: December 9, 2021