You really have to dig dapper Japanese gangsters getting into it—not with gunplay but ominous conversation—to enjoy writer, director and 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-head pummeling. Kitano, a smart guy (and a compellingly blank onscreen presence), must intentionally mean for his characters’ tough talk to be this po-faced. Still, the film 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.
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