Takeshi Kitano

Beyond Outrage

For those familiar with Takeshi Kitano‘s bloody, brutal Outrage, the notion of a sequel might be puzzling, as the original left only a few alive. But it turns out that not that many men are needed to cause chaos, as proven with the existence of the aptly-titled Beyond Outrage. Detective Kataoka has pulled the Sanno and Hannabishi crime families back into a sprawling gang war that results in utter mayhem. When Otomo (who survived the first movie, good for him!) wants out, the consequences are enormous and the violence is amplified; watch out for that pesky power drill as a negotiation tactic. Though it seems odd to say when power tool torture was just mentioned, the trailer is laced with black humor and has its (uncomfortable) laughs. Come on – a mobster being killed by a pitching machine after someone quips that they should get together and play baseball is pretty funny. So is the notion of a member refusing to smoke because he wants to live a long and illustrious life. Dude. Check out the bloody trailer here:

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Outrage Beyond

It’s not entirely accurate to say that Takeshi Kitano‘s Outrage played Fantastic Fest in 2010. More apt would be to say that it carved a grisly gash into our brains as we squirmed and squealed with delight. The gangster cinema auteur from the land of the rising sun returns with both figurative and literal vengeance with Outrage Beyond. It’s a safe assumption that the sequel cannot be evaluated without discussing the intimate details of the first film. Therefore for those unacquainted with Outrage, now would be a good time to go sharpen your katana, or sing karaoke. Not Journey, just saying. All clear? Ok. The corrupt police officer from Outrage, Kataoka, orchestrates a coup to try and unseat the two reigning Yakuza bosses-of-bosses. These were the two vile snakes who betrayed Otomo (“Beat” Takeshi Kitano) to his incarceration and ultimately, seemingly, his death. The coup goes south when a vital conspirator turns out to be less than trustworthy. Now, yet another struggle for power is brewing in the Japanese underworld. The situation getting desperate, only one man can possibly set all this nonsense right…but he died. Right?

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published: 12.19.2014
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published: 12.18.2014
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published: 12.17.2014
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