I Became a Fool.
Beat Takeshi’s Monologue is the Choicest Entertainment
I Became a Fool.
Written by Beat Takeshi
Beat Takeshi, a.k.a. Kitano Takeshi is a Japanese comedian of big popularity. Overseas, he is well-known as a film director and as an actor. In 1999, his mother Saki passed away. In 2000, when he was 53 years old, his poetry collection book; I Became a Fool. ( Boku wa Baka ni natta. ) was released.
It is the not-so-distant past when they considered our life went just about 50 years long. Looking with the standard, Beat Takeshi had circulated his life once at the time. Cannot help thinking he tried to adjust himself once, on reading some poems as Date, Father and so on.
Well, these poems were written by Beat Takeshi, not Kitano Takeshi. That is to say, he published them as a comedian, not as an individual. It seems this title and some poems of them could mean antitheses of himself who were about to be spotlighted as a film director and who were lionized as an intellectual type at the days.
Sakura Momoko says Beat Takeshi is really kind and honest to live, in the contribution. Surely, Beat Takeshi might hold that aspect for real. And going further, most people must hope for some kind of innate goodness of man like kindness on reading poetry.
But it seems what Beat Takeshi put into I Became a Fool. as the principal ingredient is not that innate goodness. That is something which looks like more sharp-edged, more dangerous, more subculture-like, and like more fascinating to readers with perfume of flesh and blood. Right, this principal ingredient must be the most important element of entertainment. It must be POISON.
For example, as unsatisfied with man who is just tender, as tired of woman who is only obedient, some poison works on our relation as spice. Naturally, it could be between a poet and the readers.
Beat Takeshi says the poems are monologues in midnight. Although most of Japanese poems are just based on innocence and humanism, we can feel venom and acidity from his midnight monologues. Therefore, it lets us get his spirit and skill to read poems of Beat Takeshi who has reached the peak of entertainment as called one of Big Three.
about I Became a Fool.
・Written by Beat Takeshi
・Published by SHODENSHA Publishing Co.,Ltd.(2000)
・Official Site：SHODENSHA Publishing (Japanese)
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