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Outrage
Director: Takeshi Kitano
Japan

For fans of Takeshi Kitano, his 15th film is a return to the genre he's most known for as a director. It's been ten years since Kitano's last Yakuza movie (Brother). In the decade between, the multi-talented comedian made arthouse movies that underperformed commercially, the last three forming a surreal semi-autobiographical trilogy.

Outrage is really just a mindless, entertaining crime flick, with none of the self-reflection of Kitano's past greats like Sonatine and Hana-Bi; but hey, it's a Kitano yakuza film. He plays a small time yakuza boss who maneuvers and manipulates around a petty internal gang war, with one crew framing the other to look better in front of the clan's President. It's like an exercise in proving what bullshit the yakuza's loyalty and brotherhood code really is. Everyone's just trying to make more money for themselves, which is Kitano's way of showing that corporate greed and political ambitions exist on both sides of the law.

Kitano said he started with writing the violence first, inventing ways to kill or maim people (one that takes place on a dentist chair will probably make you cringe), then wrote a story that would connect them together, and it shows. The script gets very convoluted as it gets going, making it a challenge to keep track of who's backstabbing who—but no matter. Just pay attention to Kitano's character trying to keep him and his crew afloat, enjoy the black humor and Kitano's in-your-face bursts of sudden violence.

US release unknown.



Feb
05
2011
Arya Ponto • Contributor

As former Editor of JPP, Arya likes to entertain peeps with his thoughts on pop culture, when he's not busy watching Battle Royale for the 200th time. He lives in Brooklyn with a comic book collection that's always the most daunting thing to move with, and writes for Artboiled.com.

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