Excerpts from the book "Takeshi Kitano. Autobiography"
... I think that if the show business affects human emotions, it can not, as is sometimes argued, is neither dirty nor immoral. The same work, just like any other. Actors, directors, the great masters like Akira Kurosawa or actors who starred in porn are about the same. Undressing each in its own way, exposing emotions show. I would never taunt porn actors, because I myself am the same as they are.
... I went to the movies, just by chance, as the hatch. At the age of 43 years. I would not say that the movie was a passion of mine. On the existence of cinema and manga I learned only years in twelve - thirteen. Before that age, I had no idea of such entertainment. Parents forbade me and my brothers to go to the movies, but in any case, after the war, they were few in the working-class district of Tokyo.
All my life ... I'm interested in death. Not as a process of dying itself, not the time of departure, and the concept of death. Just defining what death is, one can understand what constitutes life. I strongly condemn the suicide, which is considered by some, it is closely associated with the Japanese philosophy. For example, thought so, Yukio Mishima, who committed seppuku for political reasons and because his body is no longer consistent with the state of his spirit. But personally I'm against it. Mishima bodybuilding and boxing. He wanted to have a steel body, and he could not bear to see how Japan is increasingly exposed to Western influence. But this did not prevent him to commit seppuku in his famous costume sketch by Pierre Cardin! We Japanese people really extreme. No life - so death! ... I need the meaning of life. Although I do not really know how or where, but I still want to move forward, to create new movies. And I expect them to shoot as long as the Italians, my biggest fans, I do not hate. Basically, when an artist becomes popular, he wants to keep it. And I think that artists should be free, to have a right to be rejected and unpopular create works that do not necessarily meet the aesthetic "standards" of our time.
... Some probably think that I'm on top. And I think that I pursue failure after failure in the movie, and that I am committing a crime whenever incriminating himself in the game show. But humor, even treshovy - it is the only available method for me to be free in their own country.
... I am happy today because I - the star of the TV screen and a fairly wealthy man, although I come from a poor family? No. Money was never interested me. Of course, I earned them, and now I have them for their eyes missing. But I never felt overwhelming desire to possess them. Just as I have never sought to achieve honors at all costs. I am convinced that happiness has nothing to do with money.
... For us, the Japanese, being happy means, first of all, that at any age and at any time we have to do and what we like to do. But in general I am not very disposed to the idea of happiness. I always set negatively and prepare for the worst. When I go on a date with a girl, at first, I'm sure she will not come. Then, if she did come, I think she's probably right after dinner, go home. I was constantly in trouble. ..., it is necessary to eat well to live well. Sure. Several years ago, the Japanese billionaire Sonoko Suzuki marked the beginning of "dietary boom" in our country. To save a figure, she ate very little, extolling the power dry rations. As a result, she died quite young ... I prefer to eat properly. Eating for me is very important. Perhaps this is due to childhood, when hunger is constantly tore my stomach. I eat slowly, if at this time my body communicates with the soul. Food - is a ritual. We fill the stomach as well as nourish the spirit.
... In recent years, I also ask myself a lot of questions about the fanaticism that with alarming regularity resort to terrorism. Orthodox Muslims commit a basic mistake, killing innocents in the name of God, the Koran or the Prophet Muhammad. They believe that they will open the gates of paradise, but none of them had not yet returned from the hell in which they themselves send.
... To sum up, I believe that I - a man quite strange. Some of my compatriots regard me as an alien. Others argue that I think the opposite. Of course, it's true. But, frankly, first of all I - just the Japanese, like everyone else.