Takeshi Kitano to receive Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters

On Tuesday, director Takeshi Kitano (63) was in Paris to receive the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, France’s highest honor for arts and culture. The award was presented to him by Frédéric Mitterrand, the country’s Minister of Culture and Communication, at the Fondation Cartier art museum.

Kitano is active as an actor, comedian, television personality, and many other things, but he is perhaps best known internationally as a filmmaker. He debuted in 1989 with “Violent Cop” (“Sono Otoko, Kyobo ni Tsuki”) and went on to direct other critically acclaimed films such as “HANA-BI” in 1997 and “Zatoichi” in 2003.

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