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Violent Cop (1989)

Sono otoko, kyôbô ni tsuki (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 16 July 1999 (USA)
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A violence prone police officer discovers that his colleague is trafficking drugs.

Director:

Takeshi Kitano

Writer:

Hisashi Nozawa (original writer)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Takeshi Kitano ... Azuma (as Beat Takeshi)
Maiko Kawakami Maiko Kawakami ... Akari
Makoto Ashikawa Makoto Ashikawa ... Kikuchi
Shirô Sano ... Yoshinari
Sei Hiraizumi Sei Hiraizumi ... Iwaki (as Shigeru Hiraizumi)
Mikiko Otonashi Mikiko Otonashi ... Iwaki's Wife
Hakuryû Hakuryû ... Kiyohiro
Ittoku Kishibe Ittoku Kishibe ... Nito
Ken Yoshizawa Ken Yoshizawa ... Shinkai
Hiroyuki Katsube Hiroyuki Katsube ... Deputy Police Chief Higuchi
Noboru Hamada Noboru Hamada ... Chief Detective Araki
Yuuki Kawai Yuuki Kawai ... Detective Honma
Ritsuko Amano Ritsuko Amano ... Honma's Fiancee
Tarô Ishida Tarô Ishida ... Detective Tashiro
Katsuki Muramatsu 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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

16 July 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Gross USA:

$1,960
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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Kinji Fukasaku was originally slated to direct, but had to bow out when he discovered his lead actor could only be available for periods of ten days at a time due to television commitments. The lead actor Takeshi Kitano already cast as Azuma, offered the job after a joking reference to possibly doing it, took over the director's chair after heavily rewriting the script to remove all traces of comedy. See more »

Quotes

[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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Alternate Versions

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.
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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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The Trapped Knife
29 June 2001 | by robotman-1See all my reviews

Kitano cripples the senses and jars the nerves in his films. This is a movie about a two-fisted cop whose blunt face and cliff's edge personality drive every scene, even the ones Kitano is not in. Kitano's character is not reacting to a violent world, but infecting it with his own brand of violence. The "violent cop" has lost his hope, therefore he fears nothing.

Kitano as director gives us a real world of humor and interaction. Events happen, there's no plot. Every scene has this pulse that is raging, the characters even when still seem kinetic as sprinters. Punches, kicks, and bullets explode bodies. Kitano's character clashes with a psychotic hit man, but it is Kitano's cop who is out of control, unstoppable in his desire to inflict justice as he sees it.

There's scenes which cannot be forgotten: Kitano's cop

interrogates a punk drug dealer in a club rest room. These two actors go through a scene in which Kitano slaps this man over and over until he talks. The difference is that Kitano is really slapping this actor, and slapping living hell out of him. Cringe-worthy, and up there with one of the other scenes that illustrates what a hard man Kitano is: stabbed with a knife, Kitano grips the blade as it comes out of him, clinching his fist down on it so he cannot be stabbed again. Blood pours out from between his fingers, he cannot let it go because his fist and knife are one; Kitano understands the brutality of the fight, the reality of two men trying to kill each other, no quips, no words, no yells or curses, just blood and rage; cut to the bone, it's the way the whole film makes you feel.

As far as the recent BROTHER is concerned, it makes perfect sense for Kitano to use similar themes seen in his earlier films. BROTHER is Kitano's first real attack on American audiences. They, en mass, haven't seen his stuff, and if Kitano's going over old ground, he's doing it in HIS style. Better a retread Kitano than most of Hollywood's slobbering star-cramped idiocy.


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