In 1923, the Korean teenager Kim Shun-Pei moves from Cheju Island, in South Korea, to Osaka, in Japan. Along the years, he becomes a cruel, greedy and violent man and builds a factory of ... See full summary »
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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 »
A violent world with no rationality - the reality of Kitano
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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