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Japan's production sector resorts to violence

Best known in the West for the films he has directed, including the 1997 Cannes Palme d'Or winner Hana-Bi and the 2003 box office smash Zatoichi, multi-talented Takeshi Kitano has had a longer career as an actor, going back to his breakout role as a brutal prison camp guard in Nagisa Oshima's 1983 Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence.

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