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Brother (I) (2000)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  27 January 2001 (Japan)
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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 Ôsugi ...
Harada
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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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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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

The car that explodes is a Lexus. When the gang see the flaming wreck, it's a different car. See more »

Quotes

Mo: What are you guys gonna do?
Ken: Cut his finger off.
Mo: What happens when you cut his finger off?
Kato: Ummm... he can't swim straight anymore.
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Casta Diva che inargenti
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Very enjoyable (a quick review)
1 January 2005 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

Normally I like to give more detail in a review, but this is a quick one.

I enjoyed this movie a lot. I'm not entirely sure why. I think mostly it was just plain fun. 'Beat' Takeshi was just brilliant in the role of Aniki. It's a sign of a great actor when he can command your attention without really doing anything.

I loved its thoughtful pace and purpose, and how there was a real symmetry in the story. In terms of introduction of the characters and their interactions, the story closes in reverse really nicely. I won't say much more, as I don't want to spoil it; it's not major, just nicely done.

All in all, I highly recommend it. It's quite violent at times, but if you're okay with that (and hell, perhaps even like it in a Kill Bill kind of way) then definitely check this out.


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