Actor and director Beat Takeshi was attacked by a man wielding a pickaxe this weekend in Tokyo, Japan. Local newspaper The Mainichi reported that Takeshi was in a car outside of the Tokyo Broadcasting System Television studio late on Saturday night when the attack took place, according to an English-language report by Anime News Network. No one was injured and the attacker was arrested.
Takeshi is a beloved actor, director, comedian and TV host in Japan, sometimes known as Takeshi Kitano. Fans in the U.S. may know him for his appearance in the 2016 live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell as Aramaki. He is also lauded for directing movies like Zatōichi, Boiling Point, Outrage and Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen. The acclaimed entertainer was reportedly in his car when a stranger began smashing the outside of it with a pickaxe, demanding that he come outside.