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Violent Cop (1989)

Cast: Takeshi Kitano, Takeshi Kitano, Sei Hiraizumi, more...
Director: Takeshi Kitano, Takeshi Kitano
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Fox Lorber
Genre: Crime, Cops, Gangsters, Yakuza
Running Time: 103 min.
Languages: Japanese, Jap
Subtitles: English
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Television comedian, author of a number of books, and star in such films as Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawerence, Takeshi Kitano stepped behind the megaphone for this two-fisted crime thriller after yakuza flick auteur Kinji Fukasaka walked off the project. Police detective Azuma (Kitano) is loose cannon Dirty Harry-like cop who is constantly in hot water with his superiors. At the film's outset, Asuma encounters a group of high school kids beating up an old man. Later that night, he pays a visit to the ringleader's middle-class home and lands a fist square in the kid's face. When he discovers a man in bed with his mentally feeble sister, Akari (Maiko Kawakami), he thrashes the guy. Azuma's crime-world double is a yakuza assassin (Ryu Haku) who's running drugs. Later, Azuma learns that not only is his best friend and partner, Iwaki (Sei Hiraizumi), selling drugs to this gangland thug, but his sister has been kidnapped and coked up by the same creep. ~ Jonathan Crow, All Movie Guide

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Can nihilism refresh? by liversounds January 23, 2006 - 2:30 AM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
The synopsis above (written by Jonathan Crow) makes this movie seem stereotypically violent (imagine describing Taxi Driver as 'guy has little luck in love; ends up rescuing prostitute'.) This movie is not "two-fisted" nor is it a "crime thriller": the script (Hisashi Nozawa, screenplay) is intriguing and complex beyond basic descriptors, and when combined with vulnerable acting and patient directing, Violent Cop deeply and simply conveys bleakness...

Yes, Kitano shines where the violence is raw and unexpected, but in this movie the characters, the violence, even the plot are all just color: this movie makes you FEEL and lose hope... e.g., what do you FEEL when you see a random bystander accidentally shot in the head?

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