Boiling Point (1990)
"3-4 x jûgatsu" (original title)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Uehara (as 'Beat' Takeshi)
Yûrei Yanagi ...
Masaki (as Masahiko Ono)
Yuriko Ishida ...
Taka Guadalcanal ...
Takashi Iguchi (as Takahito Iguchi)
Dankan ...
Kazuo (as Minoru Iizuka)
Eri Fuse ...
Makoto Ashikawa ...
Rasshâ Itamae ...
Takuya (as Hiroshi Suzuki)
Tsumami Edamame ...
Saburou (as Takahiko Aoki)
Bannai Matsuo ...
Naoya (as Kenzo Matsuo)
Rakkyo Ide ...
Hajime (as Hiroshi Ide)
Meijin Serizawa ...
Kengakusha Akiyama ...
Gas Pump Attendant
Naoko Shinohara ...
Etsushi Toyokawa ...
Okinawa-Rengou Kumichou


Two members of a Japanese junior baseball team get mixed up with the local yakuza. After their coach is severely injured by the gangsters, the two boys set off to Okinawa to purchase a gun in order to get revenge. While in Okinawa they get befriended by a psychotic yakuza outcast who is planning a revenge of his own. Written by Todd K. Bowman <>

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15 September 1990 (Japan)  »

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$1,471 (USA) (14 May 1999)

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A bit of a let down
21 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

Having heard good things about Takeshi Kitano's films, I was looking forward seeing "Boiling Point", having purchased both this and "Sonatine" in the sales, even though it broke my Golden Rule of impulse buys: don't buy any film with quotes from un-named sources on the sleeve (especially if they've got spelling mistakes), in this case "A Genuine Original", "Beautifully directed, Indispensible viewing".

Anyway, the quotes were more misleading than lying, as the film definitely is both original and beautifully directed, but only really indispensable for fans of Kitano's, who don't need me to tell them to watch it. For everyone else, it probably isn't the best Kitano film to start with. Marketed as an action movie, the film is much more and much less: it has more heart and intelligence, but much less in the way of action or excitement, feeling more like a slow-burning drama with a little bit of gun-play and one big explosion; John Woo this ain't. However, the acting, from Kitano in particular, is excellent as is the stylish direction: Kitano fills the screen with beautiful images and twisted humour.

Worth a look, if you keep in mind that's very slow moving tale, with more baseball action than there is action movie. *** out of five.

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