Outrage Beyond: New York Film Festival 2012

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New York Film Festival 2012: Outrage Beyond

New York Film Festival 2012: Outrage Beyond


You really have to dig dapper Japanese gangsters getting it on via ominous conversations to enjoy writer-director-star Takeshi Kitano’s gab-heavy latest, a sequel to 2010’s fleeter Outrage. Everything about the movie feels like the subtlest joke, as clichéd scowls compete for screen time with sleek luxury cars and ashtray-to-face pummeling. Kitano, a smart guy (and also a compellingly blank onscreen presence), must intentionally mean for his characters’ tough talk to be this po-faced. Still, his concoction this time around lacks any kind of human interest, relying instead on our inferred love of lengthy strategy sessions and displays of ruffled pride. When it comes to yakuza cinema, you can do better elsewhere.—Joshua Rothkopf

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