• SHARE

Comics who direct films may start by making audiences laugh, but if they are at all successful they typically turn serious. The classic example is Charlie Chaplin, who went from slapstick two-reelers to speechifying against totalitarianism in “The Great Dictator.”

In Japan, TV comic and MC Takeshi Kitano cut out the transitional period altogether: His first film as director, the appropriately titled “Sono Otoko, Kyobo ni Tsuki (Violent Cop, 1989),” starred Kitano as a sadistic cop who metes out violence the way a department store Santa hands out candy — with indiscriminate glee. His subsequent films were also more notable for their body counts than their laughs.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

PHOTO GALLERY (CLICK TO ENLARGE)