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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Aniki Yamamoto (as 'Beat' Takeshi)
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Claude Maki ...
Ken
Masaya Katô ...
Shirase
Susumu Terajima ...
Royale Watkins ...
Jay
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Mo
Ren Ohsugi ...
Harada (as Ren Ôsugi)
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Ishihara
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Sugimoto
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Latifa (as Tatyana M. Ali)
Makoto Ôtake ...
Chief of Police
Kôen Okumura ...
Hanaoka
Naomasa Musaka ...
Hisamatsu
Rino Katase ...
Night Club Madame
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Storyline

A Japanese Yakuza gangster is exiled to the United States. Takeshi settles in Los Angeles where his younger, half brother lives and finds that although the turf is new, the rules are still the same as they try to take over the local drug trade. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

The one guy you trust to get your back when a whole city's trying to put a bullet in it. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong violence, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 January 2001 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Adelfos ex aimatos  »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$60,029 (USA) (20 July 2001)

Gross:

$447,750 (USA) (28 September 2001)
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Trivia

Kitano reputedly had problems working with Masaya Katô. Kato had his own ideas, and Kitano would get so upset that he would yell at him. In the scene where Aniki tells Shirase to put out the cigars, it is really Kitano yelling at Kato. See more »

Goofs

Ken takes the photo of the potential blackmail victim with his right hand while his left hand is on the table. In the close-up he's holding it with both hands, and then he returns the picture with his right hand while his left hand is on the table again. See more »

Quotes

Kato: [knocked down by a pistol butt] Aniki?
Aniki Yamamoto: Kato?
Kato: [surprised] What's going on?
Aniki Yamamoto: [smiles] I'm at war in America too.
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Connections

References Death Wish (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Casta Diva che inargenti
from "Norma"
Music by Vincenzo Bellini
Words by Felice Romani
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User Reviews

 
Guys in suits and sunglasses murder one another.
11 October 2006 | by (Cincinnati, OH, United States) – See all my reviews

Beat Takeshi is a filmmaker so distinct and so completely different from any other filmmaker that you have to be prepared before seeing one of his films to watch something differently than you normally would. Brother is his first overseas production, and to this day his only one, and perhaps its minimal success and marginal fan base is due to its seeming lack of plot, its evasive editing, or something else that Takeshi customarily draws attention to, whether purposefully or not.

Brother is not quite his best film, but you will realize that the focus is not on the story but on the themes of its story. Completely unlike its characters, especially Takeshi's stone cold killer, its story is something to feel your way through. These characters do not feel much. They do. The movie is mostly made up of deadpan scenes of bloody violence, occasional dialogue, and quiet medium closeups. The music, which like in all Takeshi films is lush and emotional, directs our feelings.

Brother is great for fans of crime movies, gangsters, violence overall, Asian cinema, and even action fans, but Takeshi Kitano's style is a strangely deadpan and very personal approach. It's an acquired taste.


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