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

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  12 August 1989 (Japan)
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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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$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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[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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References A Clockwork Orange (1971) See more »

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Gnossienne No.1
(1890)
Main theme is an electronic variation of the above title by Erik Satie
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Masterful exploration of nihilistic violence
20 February 2000 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

A shallow description would refer to this as a Japanese version of Dirty Harry. And it does bear some resemblance to that film, but while Dirty Harry broke the rules in order to get a criminal at any cost, Kitano's character Azuma seems to seek vengeance due not only to his lust for revenge but because he's psychotic. There's a sense that Azuma won't rest until he gets his man not out of duty but out of madness. Kitano gives what might be his best performance in this film; he is absolutely riveting. And the film itself is beautifully shot, and the score is especially good. But the best part of this is perhaps the end - the film ends on a perfectly cynical note that couldn't be topped. Seek this out.


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