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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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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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Storyline

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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16 July 1999 (USA)  »

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$1,960 (USA) (14 May 1999)
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The original script was a comedy. Kitano was then very concerned about the audience recognizing his acting skills and he didn't feel that a comedy would allow him to act nor allow the audience to abstract from his comic TV personality. So he rewrote the script, removed all comedy and turned it into a drama. See more »

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Bar Hostess: So what do you gentleman do for a living?
Azuma: Sell guns by mail order.
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Referenced in Dead or Alive (1999) See more »

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Gnossienne No.1
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Another Kitano-masterpiece!
17 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

Yes, it´s true: all the real great movies of the 1990s seem to be produced in the land of the rising sun! This dark cop thriller is no exclusion, because "Violent Cop" is suspense-packed, dramatic, sinister - and the actors don´t say a word too much! The dark poetry often reminded me on the films of Paul Schrader or Abel Ferrera as well as the visual brilliance and the excellent cinematography this Japanese gem contains! And, of course, main actor Takeshi Kitano is the new God of Eastern cinema! Masterpieces like "Brother" or "Hana Bi" blew my mind, and his performance of the emotional broken cop is powerful and amazing! A highly recommended film!!!


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