Japanese filmmaker Takeshi Kitano receives a Legion of Honour - France's highest award - for his work. Saskia O'Donoghue reports.
The Japanese director responsible for 'Outrage' and 'Violent Cop' has been honoured with France's highest award. Takeshi Kitano, who is also known for his comedy work, received the Legion of Honour at a ceremony in Paris. French politician Jack Lang was full of praise for the filmmaker. SOUNDBITE French poltician, Jack Lang, saying: "Your art is a pale and bright light which you frantically shine on to the darkest facets of our world, inviting the spectator to overcome absurdity with the weapon of laughter." Meanwhile, Kitani said he was humbled by the award - and by the tributes. SOUNDBITE Japanese filmmaker, Takeshi Kitano, saying: "I feel very uncomfortable to hear these words and these compliments. Earlier Mr. Lang said I tackle varied and diverse genres of art. I'm a long way from exploring all the genres that exist. Today, I feel that I've been suspended somewhere, stuck after having explored a certain number of genres in writing, music, theatre and others. But today thanks to this Legion of Honour I feel boosted with new energy to be able to tackle other domains that remain for me to discover." Created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, the Legion of Honour is France's highest public award - and former recipients have included Clint Eastwood and Liza Minnelli.