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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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[Azuma is a policeman]
Bar Hostess: So what's your line of work?
Azuma: We sell guns by mail-order.
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Gnossienne No.1
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Kitano's masterpiece number 1:it is the method which counts when cops deal with hoodlums.
10 July 2007 | by (FIPRESCI/Cinema of the world) – See all my reviews

Violent cop is an excellent film in the league of cops versus hoodlums genre.What is amazingly unique about it is that even though maverick master Kitano has always maintained close proximity to the sphere of Japanese Yakuza gangs,he has nevertheless been able to portray a concise,crisp,candid vision of the sordid milieu of the Japanese cops. While watching it,I was mesmerized by its mellifluous soundtrack which has some of the most haunting effects ever recreated for a film.As far as similarities with Dirty Harry are concerned one must look at that aspect from cultural point of view.In Kitano's film there is good deal of respect for family relations. I don't know whether the same holds true for Eastwood's film.It can be said that those liking this film will be impressed by one of its opening sequences which best exemplifies the notion that the method adopted is acceptable if the results achieved are satisfactory. All in all this film is a decent commentary about the sorry state of affairs of Japanese police system which is not at all different from those of other countries.


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