Accomplished Japanese actor/filmmaker/comedian Takeshi Kitano has been honored at the Tokyo International Film Festival with the Samurai Award. He strongly expressed his criticism of the Japanese film industry by stating that film companies offers no originality and is not willing to take risks in creating something new for audiences similar to Hollywood.
Also, he spoke out about students adapting manga and novels into feature films as a way of attracting audiences to the theaters. I can understand his frustration with the industry because some of his films are not getting acknowledged by the Academy, even the best films. Therefore, restrictions placed on Japanese filmmakers have caused a sharp decline in the quality of films released to the public.
However, it gives young screenwriters and filmmakers the opportunity to create their own projects. Independent films are the best way to provide quality content without approval from the studios. Having freedom to shoot the kinds of films they want is more important.
Another characteristic that makes legendary Takeshi Kitano unique is not being a fan of anime legend Hayao Miyazaki or anime in general. Everyone has their own opinion and that’s OK. People will not like everything popular among the majority.
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