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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
During the opening of Violent Cop (1989), eagerly awaiting the reaction of the audience, Takeshi Kitano sneaked into the cinema and became very disappointed. The audience laughed whenever he appeared on the screen. From that moment on, Kitano was determined only to play dark characters, never to do comedy on screen. As he later, with a smile on his face, explained on the matter: "It took me ten years of playing serial killers and rapists to be perceived as a serious actor among the Japanese public." See more »
So what do you gentleman do for a living?
Sell guns by mail order.
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When the film was released in Swedish cinemas in 1992, it was censored with a little more than one minute for violence, the cuts were made in the following scenes:
The policeman getting assaulted before he gets his head crushed by a baseball bat.
The scene where Azuma assaults Hazishume on the toilet, and the finger cutting sequence.
The following cuts are when Azuma assaults the killer in the locker room and a bloody execution scene at the end.
Just the way the Takeshi's character comes across?
I think he crosses the line from being a rogue cop who pushes the boat out to get results. He comes across as not being able to communicate well with any other characters in the film (much like De Niros sociopathic turn as Travis Bickle).
Something about his constant borrowing money with no intention of paying it back and seeming lack of fear almost makes him seem suicidal.
I think that and the general bleak tone of the film, the fact that there's something inherently depressive and explosively violent about Takeshi's character just reminded me of Taxi Driver.
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