MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 15,320 this week

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

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  12 August 1989 (Japan)
7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 7,065 users  
Reviews: 42 user | 38 critic

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

Director:

Writer:

(original writer)
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 38 titles
created 05 Oct 2011
 
a list of 41 titles
created 22 Feb 2013
 
a list of 23 titles
created 03 Mar 2013
 
a list of 26 titles
created 07 Apr 2013
 
a list of 29 titles
created 02 Aug 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Violent Cop" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Violent Cop (1989)

Violent Cop (1989) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Violent Cop.

User Polls

3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Five (1995)
Action | Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Five men plot to steal a large sum of money from the local yakuza, but everything does not go as planned and the men find themselves hunted down by contract killers.

Director: Takashi Ishii
Stars: Kôichi Satô, Masahiro Motoki, Jinpachi Nezu
Tokyo Eyes (1998)
Comedy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The police are tracking a man who shoots at people. But the young sister of a detective find that he's not the mad vigilante portrayed in newspapers.

Director: Jean-Pierre Limosin
Stars: Shinji Takeda, Hinano Yoshikawa, Kaori Mizushima
Boiling Point (1990)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Two disquieted junior baseball players seek revenge on the local yakuza for attacking their coach.

Director: Takeshi Kitano
Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Yûrei Yanagi, Yuriko Ishida
Sonatine (1993)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Several yakuza from Tokyo are sent to Okinawa to help end a gang war. The war escalates and the Tokyo drifters decide to lay low at the beach.

Director: Takeshi Kitano
Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Aya Kokumai, Tetsu Watanabe
Gohatto (1999)
Drama | History | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Set during Japan's Shogun era, this film looks at life in a samurai compound where young warriors are trained in swordfighting. A number of interpersonal conflicts are brewing in the ... See full summary »

Director: Nagisa Ôshima
Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Ryûhei Matsuda, Shinji Takeda
Brother I (2000)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A Japanese gangster is exiled to Los Angeles where his brother lives with a small but respectable multi-racial gang, who he inspires to expand their influence.

Director: Takeshi Kitano
Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Claude Maki, Omar Epps
Fireworks (1997)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A police officer leaves the force in the face of harrowing personal and professional difficulties. Spiraling into a depression he makes questionable decisions.

Director: Takeshi Kitano
Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Kayoko Kishimoto, Ren Ohsugi
Anego (1988)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The widow of a murdered yakuza boss serves jail time for attacking the man she believes killed her husband. After her release, as she is shadowed by a hitman, she returns to thoughts of revenge.

Director: Tatsuichi Takamori
Stars: Hitomi Kuroki, Hiroki Matsukata, Takeshi Kitano
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Kôji Wakamatsu
Stars: Ryûdô Uzaki, Joe Yamanaka, Kei Satô
Yasha (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Director: Yasuo Furuhata
Stars: Ken Takakura, Ayumi Ishida, Hisamitsu Nakamura
Kyôso tanjô (1993)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A young man, Kazuo, joins a new cult religion even though he sees through the initial recruitment pretense, and participating in the activities of a new social phenomenon, some of whose ... See full summary »

Director: Toshihiro Tenma
Stars: Masato Hagiwara, Kôji Tamaki, Ittoku Kishibe
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Director: Kazuo 'Gaira' Komizu
Stars: Kunie Tanaka, Kenji Adachi, Maiko Wakita
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 August 1989 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Violent Cop  »

Box Office

Gross:

$1,960 (USA) (14 May 1999)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Shinkai: So you're replacing Iwaki?
Kikuchi: Except I'm much smarter.
See more »

Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits beyond the title. See more »

Connections

Featured in Seven Psychopaths (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Gnossienne No.1
(1890)
Main theme is an electronic variation of the above title by Erik Satie
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
They ain't kidding, he really is a violent cop. Arty crime classic
1 April 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Though I have only seen a handful of Takeshi Kitano movies, I find them inevitably a marvellous way to spend a couple of hours. Violent Cop was his first film and though not quite as accomplished as some of his later work, its still awesome. Takeshi plays Azuma, a man so unpredictable and brutal that he seems more like a character from a Kinji Fukasaku film than a policeman. It is worth noting that the film was to be directed by Fukasaku until he walked off. The story is not particularly original or involving, but the characters and the style are engrossing. Kitano really mixes things up with some great use of slow motion, a few neat surreal touches and a whole lot of tranquility periodically skewered by bloody violence. Some of the beatings Azuma administers are both unnerving and hilarious and he is captivating throughout the film. Some have complained about the long shots of peoples faces as they stare impassively at each other, or the way that a lot of scenes seem inconsequential, especially in the first half. I enjoyed all of these moments, finding that they added greatly to the characters and the atmosphere of the film. I could have done with a better story and a bit more of Kitano's surreal humour but this is still a cracking movie, well worth watching. Be warned that in the British DVD release, some scenes are spoiled by the bizarre absence of subtitles.


2 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Crappy Subs daricketts
Soundtrack Kitano-Office
Good film fulhammark8
Why do they focus on the secratary when the movie ends? dafen_d
Who owns the rights of Violent Cop? katagiri
similarities with Hana-bi?? jpak822
Discuss Violent Cop (1989) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?