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Takeshi "Beat" Kitano (Fireworks [Hana-Bi], Sonatine) literally explodes in a blaze of bullets and a flurry of wild action in his first English-language film and gives one of the most electrifying performances of the year. Also starring the incredibly talented Omar Epps (Love and Basketball) and Masayo Kato (Godzilla), BROTHER is one of the coolest, wildest, most intense thrill rides you've ever taken! A yakuza gangster (Kitano) is exiled to Los Angeles after his crime boss is murdered in a Tokyo gang war. Arriving in L.A. with a big bag of money and a really bad attitude, he hooks up with his half-brother, the leader of a small-time drug ring. Together with a local street hustler (Epps). the brothers declare war on the other local drug trafficers and ignite the bloodiest, dirtiest, nastiest power struggle the mean streets of L.A. have ever seen.
It's hard to describe the hypnotic authority of director and actor Takeshi Kitano. In his first American venture, Brother, Kitano plays a yakuza who's been exiled from Japan after the death of his boss. In Los Angeles, he discovers that his half-brother has become a small-time hood. Kitano quickly takes over, casually setting in motion gang wars and killing sprees. But a basketball game gets as much emphasis as an assassination; Kitano's camera watches a dead body lit up by the flash of gunshots, completely ignoring the shootout that's causing the light. Yet his movies don't seem arty, just efficient--and effective: you may not know whether to laugh or flinch, but you will not stop watching. As an actor, Kitano slouches, twitches, and stares blankly--but you won't stop watching him either. If you like Brother, check out Fireworks and Sonatine; gangsters will never seem the same. --Bret Fetzer
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The acting on the end of the Japanese actors is great on all counts. The English speaking actors don't fare as well and I don't think it could be attributed to inexperience as much as it would the language barrier. Still, it's definitely worth watching as it is pretty violent and hypnotic in an odd way.
The DVD for this film is lacking in so many ways that it's not even funny. The film has a great video transfer that is pretty crisp and clean. Kitano is no slouch with the visuals and he manages to capture the elegance of Japan and Los Angeles with great shot composition and interesting angles.
The 5.1 Dolby Digital is eye opening, to say the least. The dialogue is recorded low but whenever there's violence, it's LOUD. The first gunshot in the film nearly made me leap under my couch.
The surround channels are used effectively and the score by Joe Hisaishi is enhanced greatly by this. That's one thing I have to say about this film: the score is absolutely amazing. Most of Kitano's movies are complimented by Hisaishi's music and this one is just as good as any of the others.
This disc has no extras to speak of and frankly, I'm hoping to see a better disc come along for this film in the near future. An interview, a commentary track.... you will find none of these here. Not to mention that there are trailers for a couple of different films and none of them are for Brother itself.
It's hard to recommend this disc due to the lack of features but at the very least, they did a good job with the sound and picture.
This film is not going to win any oscar's but it does a decent job of incorporating old school Asian traditions with in non cultured America. Loved the props they gave to the US Mafia.
If you like gansta films, this one might intrigue you.