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

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A violence prone police officer discovers that his colleague is trafficking drugs.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Azuma (as Beat Takeshi)
Maiko Kawakami ...
Makoto Ashikawa ...
Shirô Sano ...
Sei Hiraizumi ...
Iwaki (as Shigeru Hiraizumi)
Mikiko Otonashi ...
Iwaki's Wife
Hakuryû ...
Ittoku Kishibe ...
Ken Yoshizawa ...
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


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 <>

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Release Date:

12 August 1989 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Violent Cop  »

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$1,960 (USA) (14 May 1999)

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Did You Know?


Kitano insisted on long takes. Close-ups easily lasted 10 seconds, medium shots went on for 20 seconds and the shot where Azuma (Kitano) walks onto the bridge and into the frame lasted 57 seconds. See more »


[Azuma has run over a man with a car.]
Kikuchi: Why'd you hit him?... He might be dead!
[The man appears suddenly and begins smashing out their windows with a bat.]
Azuma: Does he look dead to you, idiot?!
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There are no opening credits beyond the title. See more »


Referenced in Sonatine (1993) See more »


Gnossienne No.1
Main theme is an electronic variation of the above title by Erik Satie
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A violent world with no rationality - the reality of Kitano
16 May 2001 | by (Hong Kong) – See all my reviews

The first 10 mins of the film already tell you what Takeshi Kitano is up to

  • we see a homeless man eating peacefully and enjoying the foods beside his

make-shift home in a park. Suddenly his bowl is hit by a football, and then a gang of teenagers rough him up, giggling while beating up the man mercilessly until he loses conscious. Then all the kids return to their safe middle-class homes.

Kitano, the "violent cop", sees the whole thing, but he doesn't stop the kids right away. Instead, he follows one to his home, shows the kid's mother his police ID, walks up to the kid's room and starts kicking and snapping him, demanding the boy to give himself up to the police tomorrow. To me, the movie more or less ends there. The plot then moves on to the usual good-cop corrupted-cop routine, involving a sub-plot on Kitano's retarded sister. To sum up, the storyline is actually very predictable and fails to create any suspended and dramatic tension.

This is where "Violent Cop" departs from other movies of the same genre - Kitano's violence is raw and real, and he wants to show you in yer face. Unlike the highly stylized and cartoonish violence of John Woo (anything who knows a bit about guns can tell you that you cannot fire a few rounds of bullets from two guns with both hands at the same time when you're jumping off a car), for example, Kitano shows the essence of violence and how it actually affects people, both physically and psychologically.Violence, in the world of Kitano, can come suddenly, aimlessly and randomly, and no one is safe!

"Violent Cop" is an excellent movie on all counts, and Kitano (in both directing and acting) can only go above it in, IMHO, Hana-Bi.It's kind of sad (as a big fan of Kitano) to see him going back to making new movies like "Brothers", a replica in spirit (if not in actual storylines) of his early stunning successes like this one and Hana-Bi. He's actually very good in "Gohatto", and fans like me want him to know that he should try more new things.

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