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Violent Cop (1989)
"Sono otoko, kyôbô ni tsuki" (original title)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  12 August 1989 (Japan)
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A violence prone police officer discovers that his colleague is trafficking drugs.

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Azuma (as Beat Takeshi)
Maiko Kawakami ...
Akari
Makoto Ashikawa ...
Kikuchi
Shirô Sano ...
Yoshinari
Sei Hiraizumi ...
Iwaki (as Shigeru Hiraizumi)
Mikiko Otonashi ...
Iwaki's Wife
Hakuryû ...
Kiyohiro
Ittoku Kishibe ...
Nito
Ken Yoshizawa ...
Shinkai
Hiroyuki Katsube ...
Deputy Police Chief Higuchi
Noboru Hamada ...
Chief Detective Araki
Yuuki Kawai ...
Detective Honma
Ritsuko Amano ...
Honma's Fiancee
Tarô Ishida ...
Detective Tashiro
Katsuki Muramatsu ...
Deputy Commissioner Anan
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Detective Azuma is a Dirty-Harry style rogue cop who often uses violence and unethical methods to get results. While investigating a series of drug-related homicides, Azuma discovers that his friend and colleague, Iwaki, is supplying drugs from within the police force. After Iwaki is murdered and Azuma's sister is kidnapped, he breaks all the rules to dish out his particular form of justice. Written by Todd K. Bowman <tkbowman@aol.com>

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$1,960 (USA) (14 May 1999)
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Kinji Fukasaku was originally slated to direct, but had to bow out when he discovered his lead actor could only be available for periods of ten days at a time due to television commitments. The lead actor Takeshi Kitano already cast as Azuma, offered the job after a joking reference to possibly doing it, took over the director's chair after heavily rewriting the script to remove all traces of comedy. See more »

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[Kiyohiro has been served a search warrant.]
Kiyohiro: Dope? Where?
[Azuma pulls out an envelope and a syringe.]
Azuma: Right here.
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Gnossienne No.1
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Main theme is an electronic variation of the above title by Erik Satie
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violent curiosity
1 September 2007 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

I find it very difficult to rate a movie like this, as most of its interest is in who made it and how it points to his much superior later movies like Hana-bi. The script here is obviously just a standard actioner - the usual elements we've all seen a million times are there, the hard man cop with his innocent rookie partner, his one weakness (in this case, his sister), his 'no nonsense get things done attitude'. But this being Kitano, its full of mysterious, compelling scenes that in themselves often don't often make sense. The ending was never really in doubt, but the fascination of Takeshi movies is how he gets there. There really is nobody out there making movies quite like him now - such weird blends of Japanese sensibility, American action tropes and European art movie editing and camera-work. It shouldn't work, but somehow it does. Violent Cop is nowhere near his best work so I wouldn't recommend it to anyone curious about watching it, but its certainly worth a view for those who have seen his later movies and want to explore his strange vision of the world.


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