Director Takeshi Kitano’s car attacked with pickaxes

An individual attacked, Saturday evening in Tokyo, the vehicle carrying the famous Japanese filmmaker. Contacted by AFP, the local police have refused, for the moment, to comment.

An individual armed with a pickaxe and a knife attacked the vehicle carrying the famous Japanese director Takeshi Kitano on Saturday evening in Tokyo, without causing any injuries, Japanese media reported.

Takeshi Kitano was leaving at around 11:40 p.m. (3:40 p.m. GMT) the headquarters of private broadcaster TBS, where he had just appeared on a live broadcast, according to public broadcaster NHK.

The assailant, a man in his 40s, rushed to the filmmaker’s vehicle and started punching him with a pickaxe, damaging the windshield and other parts. He was arrested on the spot and was being questioned by police on Sunday, according to NHK, TBS and several other Japanese media. Contacted by AFP, the Tokyo police declined to comment.

Takeshi Kitano, 74, is known abroad for his films with a very personal aesthetic and tortured characters, often featuring the violent world of the yakuza, the Japanese mafia. In Japan, he is also famous as a comedian and television host.

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