Outrage: Way of the Yakuza [Blu-ray]
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Outrage tells the story of Otomo, a long time enforcer that doesn't get much recognition or respect from those above him. His bosses lie and use him, and in some ways, he even knows this happens. But he's just doing his job. He isn't bothered by getting his hands dirty and he may be the best at it, so what of it? This changes, however, when his boss is asked to break a pact with another family head by the chairman (if you're unfamiliar with Yakuza ranks, think Don). Otomo's boss then has him start a small war that quickly escalates until Otomo can't even trust those he believed were friends. He may not even be able to trust those he respects most.
This is not a film for the faint of heart. It's not a film for those who are looking for big set pieces. It's a slow burn, but the acting, Cinematography and writing are so pitch perfect that it's worth a look. It's violent, understated, and artful like the Godfather. There is so much going on in every scene that with every rewatch you get more out of it. Kitano is at his best when tackling hard subjects like loyalty, self-worth, and honor. It's rare to see someone that can do it all in this age, and I'm glad he keeps putting out fantastic films to this day. Check out the sequel, Beyond Outrage as well. It's definitely worth the price.
The Uber crime Lord is called Mr Chairman and actually does dress like some despotic ruler of a `democratic republic' like say North Korea. Even his servants wear the same white tracksuits - even when they are serving dinner, I think you will find that Debretts classes that as a massive faux pas, but hey these are Japanese Mafiosi types and so probably aren't well read.
He discovers that two of his under lords have made some sort of pact to be `sworn brothers' whilst both serving time in one of Japans 1 star detention facilities. This he does not like and so demands that a sort of insult be done to prove that not all brothers do get along. Well one thing leads to another and as face is lost, and a few other bits - like fingers-, the retaliations ramp up. The land and powere grabs all come at a price and the fortunes of each change with the rapidity of a guns magazine being emptied.
This is acted, directed and filmed in a stylish and no holds barred way. It just roars along, and keeps the shocks coming. There are some well inventive ways of dealing with your enemies and some brutal violence that made me squirm. The Japanese codes of honour and rampant disrespect to your underlings are heavily in evidence. This is just naked greed meets unfettered ambition in a tsunami of double crosses and violence and I thought it was excellent.
This is not one for the squeamish but all lovers of extreme Asian cinema will find a place for this in their collections. In Japanese with a smidgin of English, this is not that short a film but just flew by for me - highly recommended.
If you are addicted to the American-style of vapid, meaningless shoot-em-up gangster films, then this film isn't for you.
But if you are a connoisseur of the perfect meshing of art and entertainment and violence (with a not-so-subtle message about declining tradition and the changes in (gangster) society that this results in), and if you are a Kitano fan, get ready for a thrill ride that you'll hope won't end.
A thumbnail of the features that make this film an undeniable Kitano classic follows below. (Like the finest chocolate cake, this film is meant to be SAVORED, minute-by-minute, rather than devoured like, oh, say, Tarantino's over-the-top cartoon-like-violence flicks).
1. The characters - they are absolutely dead-on, the acting is excellent and there are a number of supporting characters not central to the action (two mob underbosses) who are so enjoyable to watch that they practically steal every scene they are in. This is character acting at it absolute finest. Like all of Kitano's serious films, (and Japanese films in general from my experience), there is a rich STORY here and myriad plots and sub-plots that have to be carefully followed to fully understand what is happening. A movie that engages your mind - what a concept!Read more ›
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Not a good example of the genre - didn't finish because I could not get into the characters, mainly, just who was the! protagonist.Published 2 months ago by One with Guy
This movie wasn't great. The acting was okay, but the violence was over the top for me.Published 3 months ago by Jason L. Simmons
Beat Takeshi is a reliable performer, and his movies really move. Always worth a watch.Published 4 months ago by GCG3
I have always (since the 60s, anyway) like Japanese films and I have been a big fan of Beat Takeshi AKA Takeshi Kitano.
However, this movie is a total dud. Read more
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