Takeshi wins France's highest cultural award

'Beat' stars in latest film 'Outrage,' in gangster genre

TOKYO -- Director Takeshi Kitano was made a Commander of the Order of the Arts and Letters, the highest French culture award, at a ceremony on Tuesday.

Takeshi was given his award by minister of Culture and Communication Frederic Mitterand, nephew of former president Francois Mitterand, and himself a former actor, screenwriter, director and producer.

Also known as comedian Beat Takeshi at home, he has long been a favorite of the European festival circuit, including nominations and wins at Cannes and Venice.

A series of his films is to be shown at the Pompidou Center in Paris until September.

Takeshi’s latest project, “Outrage,” a return to the Yakuza gangster genre after nearly a decade, which he also wrote and stars in, is due for a June release.
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