Suspected Yakuza member attacks ‘Battle Royale’ star Beat Takeshi with a pickaxe after begging for a start in showbiz

Beat Takeshi attacked by fan with a pickaxe

Veteran Japanese actor Takeshi Kitano, also known as Beat Takeshi, was recently attacked inside of his car by a disgruntled fan with a pickaxe.

What happened: Kitano, 74, was leaving the Tokyo premises of the TBS television network with his driver when a fan suddenly attacked his vehicle several times on Saturday night, according to the Associated Press. The suspect, whose identity was not revealed, was subsequently arrested at the scene.

  • The attacker was only identified as an unemployed man, a suspected yakuza member, in his 40s from Chiba Prefecture, Kyodo News reported. Police said the man was in possession of a 10- centimeters (4 inches) blade when the attack happened.
  • Kitano, known for his roles in the classic “Battle Royale” movie and “Hana-Bi,” was unharmed during the incident.

Details before the attack: The suspect allegedly got mad at Kitano for ignoring him when he begged the veteran actor to help him get into the Japanese show business in June.

  • I got down on my knees near the car and begged him to help me enter the world of show business, but he ignored me,” the attacker allegedly told the police.

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