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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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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 <tkbowman@aol.com>

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Release Date:

16 July 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Violent Cop  »

Box Office


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

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Azuma: Well, you've got good taste.
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There are no opening credits beyond the title. See more »


Referenced in Dead or Alive (1999) See more »


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Main theme is an electronic variation of the above title by Erik Satie
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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.

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