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Outrage (2010)

20 November 2011 2:56 PM, PST | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

Directed by Takeshi Kitano

Featuring Beat Takeshi, Kippei Shiina, Soichiro Kitamura, Tetta Sugimoto, Renji Ishibashi, Jun Kunimura and Ryo Kase

Takeshi Kitano returns to his yakuza-themed roots with a rollicking, violent, entertaining black comedy about gangster family values.

Gangsters are, and always have been, part of international cinematic language. From The Public Enemy to The Departed, via the likes of Rififi, Tokyo Drifter, Foxy Brown, and Two Hands, audiences over the decades have engaged enthusiastically with criminal anti-heroes whose goals don’t get any more complicated than blowing each other up. Bloody, internecine warfare unleashed across a cityscape is guaranteed to fill seats. Kitano’s specific goal with Outrage was this brand of genre entertainment – he started the script process by outlining a series of violent kills, then figured out how to weave them into the plot – and from the start this is a tale of action, not redemption. Don’t expect any moral framework, »

- Karina Wilson

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St. Louis International Film Festival 2011: ‘Outrage’ takes gangster brutality to a new level

12 November 2011 3:26 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Outrage (Autoreiji)

Written and Directed by Takeshi Kitano

Japan, 2010

Originally a comedy star on Japanese television, Takeshi Kitano (aka Beat Takeshi) rose to international fame as a director of yakuza dramas during the 1990s. He’s known primarily for Sonatine and Fireworks (Hana-bi), which offered remarkable visions of violence and beauty. His stunning long takes can resemble intricate paintings while his characters enjoy a brief respite from the ruthlessness of the real world. There’s little of that sanctuary in his latest work Outrage (Autoriji), a nasty depiction of yakuza life in the 21st century. The story opens with a striking wide shot of a large group of gangsters dressed in black as their leaders meet. These guys have sworn allegiance to their bosses, but it means little once the bullets start flying.

This film most closely resembles 2000’s Brother in tone, but it outdoes that picture by remaining unpredictable with constant betrayals. »

- Dan Heaton

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