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Takeshi Kitano (Japanese: 北野 武) or Beat Takeshi (Japanese:ビートたけし) (January 18,1947) was a celebrity contestant on the Japanese version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. On September 18, 2008, in first time he appeared with three standard lifelines, but answered the Top Prize question wrong. On the same day he appeared for the second time where three standard lifelines were replaced by three Phone-a-Friend lifelines (Twice phoned on 14th question). Despite this, the host allowed him to use the Ask the Audience lifeline. He answered the 14th question wrong. In third time, on January 30, 2009, he appeared again and won Top Prize. On January 2, 2013, in fourth time before the game, Takeshi asked the host to replace all the lifelines for three Phone-a-Friend lifelines and the host agreed and won ¥100,000 after answering the ¥1,000,000 question wrong. Takeshi Kitano is the celebrity only, who appeared four times in show.

This Top Prize he donated for the school of Zomahon county, Benin.

Takeshi Kitano's Runs Edit

First Run Edit

Takeshi kitano quiz millionaire first game

First Game

¥10,000 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
What time is the difference between Hokkaido and Okinawa?
• A: 0 hour • B: 2 hours
• C: 4 hours • D: 6 hours
¥20,000 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
"One", "Double" etc. on which face will reach?
• A: Unandressed • B: Lids
• C: Cheeks • D: Lips
¥30,000 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following is percussion instrument?
• A: Guitar • B: Violin
• C: Castanets • D: Accordion
¥50,000 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
"What picks up in the fire" to take risks for others' interests?
• A: Stone • B: Iron
• C: Beans • D: Chestnut
¥100,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following countries is in Asia?
• A: Portugal • B: Netherlands
• C: Singapore • D: Switzerland

Questions 6-9 were omitted.

¥1,000,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
In which battle did Oda Nobunaga defeat Imagawa Yoshimoto in 1560?
• A: The battle of Okehazama • B: The battle of Sekigahara
• C: The battle of Dannoura • D: The battle of Kawanakajima
¥1,500,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
Where is the city of America where the legendary Al Capone's gang was reigning?
• A: San Francisco • B: Miami
• C: Chicago • D: Philadelphia
¥2,500,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
Currently, where is the prefecture with the lowest "passenger car penetration rate by household"?
"Phone-a-Friend" lifeline used
• A: Okinawa • B: Tokyo
• C: Fukui • D: Hyogo
¥5,000,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
For what reason were saucers used originally?
• A: As a protection cap against bugs • B: To break saucer and do fortune‐telling
• C: To transfer and let to cool down the content • D: As an ashtray
¥7,500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the combination of "@ (at mark)" in the e-mail and a in the original alphabet?
'50:50' & 'Ask the Audience' lifelines used
• A: c • B: d
• C: o • D: t
Ask the Audience Results: A: 53% • B: 47% • C: 0% • D: 0%
¥10,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
In "The tale of the Bamboo Cutter", how long is the period from when Kaguya is found in bamboo to when she returns to the moon?
• A: 20 days • B: 2 months
• C: 2 years • D: 20 years

Second Run Edit

Takeshi kitano quiz millionaire second game

Second Game

¥10,000 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
In the US in what month Fool's Day celebrate?
• A: February • B: April
• C: June • D: August
¥20,000 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
In the old tale "Momotarō", what was the grandmother's river?
• A: Fishing • B: Water jigs and beauty
• C: Washing • D: Drawing water

Question 3 was omitted.

¥50,000 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
Do you say "to not have a chance to get in anything" to extremely cute a child?
• A: Eye • B: Ear
• C: Mouth • D: Nose
¥100,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following prefectures of the Tōhoku region includes thousand people?
• A: Toba • B: Yamaguchi
• C: Aomori • D: Wakayama

Questions 6-10 were omitted.

¥1,500,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following is the god of the sea in Greek mythology?
• A: Zeus • B: Apollon
• C: Bacchus • D: Poseidon
¥2,500,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following are made from the same ingredients?
• A: Champagne and beer • B: Coffee and cocoa
• C: Rum and tequila • D: Green tea and black tea
¥5,000,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following was created on condition that it should be demolished soon?
"Phone a Friend" lifeline used
• A: The Statue of Liberty in New York • B: The Eiffel Tower in Paris
• C: Manneken Mannequin in Brussels • D: Takamori Saigo in Ueno
¥7,500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
What was recorded on Japan's first passport, except street address, name and age?
2 "Phone a Friend" lifelines used
• A: Family members • B: Tax payment amount
• C: Face and Body's characteristic • D: Illness and hospitalization history

Third Run Edit

¥750,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
Which Japanese do not win the Nobel Prize?
• A: Chemistry • B: Peace
• C: Economics • D: Literary
¥1,500,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
In Munk's painting 'Shout', where is the body part of the person depicted in the center holding it with both hands?
• A: Brow • B: Ear
• C: Eyes • D: Mouth
¥2,500,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following TV programs is the oldest era in the stage?
• A: Mito Komon • B: Mr. Kim of Toyama
• C: Genius Vampire • D: Ikkyu
¥5,000,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the meaning of the word that became the etymology of "robot"?
• A: Work • B: Human
• C: Brain • D: Machine
¥7,500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
From which prefecture can you see Mount Fuji, the further place, with the naked eye?
• A: Miyagi Prefecture • B: Niigata Prefecture
• C: Wakayama Prefecture • D: Kochi Prefecture
¥10,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
Where is the word that Taro decided to rescue the turtle at Otarishozo's "Urashima Tarō"?
• A: "Do not forget your grace" • B: "Do not look sweet for people"
• C: "Let's live long" • D: "Do you know Ryugu castle?"

Only with the third time Takeshi Kitano managed to win the Top Prize.

Fourth Run Edit

¥10,000 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these dishes is traditionally served for the New Year?
• A: Bandage • B: Scarf
• C: Tornado • D: Collapsed omelet
¥20,000 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
How many are half of 100?
• A: 10 • B: 25
• C: 50 • D: 75
¥30,000 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the name of the game, which uses white and black stones?
• A: Shogi • B: Mahjong
• C: Hanafuda • D: Go
¥50,000 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
Who is usually preferred by the one called "Menkui"?
• A: Clever people • B: Pleasant people
• C: Beautiful people • D: Rich people
¥100,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
In what prefecture is the Shrine of Izumo-taisia?
• A: Nara • B: Shimane
• C: Mie • D: Tochigi
¥150,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these dishes includes pasta?
• A: Fried shrimps • B: Bouillabaisse
• C: Beef stew • D: Baked pasta
¥250,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
Who is the main character of the new film, shot on the manga "One Piece"?
"Phone a Friend" and "Ask the Audience" lifelines used
• A: Doctor • B: Pirate
• C: Detective • D: Writer
Ask the Audience Results: A: 1% • B: 98% • C: 0% • D: 1%
Takeshi decides to use the Phone a Friend lifeline and calls his wife, but ends the conversation because it's about personal topics. Instead, he decides to replace one of the lifelines and uses Ask the Audience lifeline.
¥500,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
What social network did Mark Zuckerberg create?
2 "Phone a Friend" lifelines used
• A: Facebook • B: Mixi
• C: Twitter • D: YouTube
Takeshi again uses the Phone a Friend lifeline, this time successfully, and calls the screenwriter and writer Aramat Hiroshi, but he does not have time to answer. He decides to use his last Phone a Friend lifeline; this time on the communication group prompters: they believe that the correct answer is A: Facebook.
¥100,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the official language in Brazil?
• A: Spanish • B: French
• C: Portuguese • D: Dutch
¥1,000,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
With whose mediation was the Satti Union of 1866 signed?
• A: Sakamoto Ryoma • B: Kondo Isami
• C: Katsura Kogoro • D: Katsu Kayshu

Trivia Edit

  • He is the first contestant to answer the final question wrong and later returned to win the top prize.
  • He is the only contestant to have two runs on the same day.

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