Beyond Outrage: movie review

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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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Release details

Rated: R
Duration: 112 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Takeshi Kitano
Screenwriter: Takeshi Kitano
Cast: Takeshi Kitano
Ryo Kase
Toshiyuki Nishida

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Loved the film. Had to watch it several times to read fast subtitles, and get a grip on the plot. Now I'd like to see the first installment. Thoroughly enjoyed the character of the ex-con. His subtle portrayal was superb in contrast to the child-like ranting and raving of the "new style" Yakuza underboss. Old-school Yakuza seem shrewder and cooler. New school appeared to be rather unhinged, unworthy of their newfound positions and power. Why did the guy with the scar bite his own finger off? Is this form of mutilation an internal form of punishment for Yakuza who break the rules?