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Violent Cop (1989)

Sono otoko, kyôbô ni tsuki (original title)
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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, 16 May 1999
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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

On the second or third day of production, nobody was carrying a screenplay, neither the actors or the crew. It was filmmaking without a script, most of the dialogue was improvised on the spot, which was scary for Makoto Ashikawa, his heart was always pounding on the set and he would often ask Takeshi Kitano what to say for a scene. Kitano was aiming for natural reactions, deliveries of lines, and performances from his cast. See more »

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Azuma: Well, you've got good taste.
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Referenced in Dead or Alive (1999) See more »

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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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Masterful exploration of nihilistic violence
20 February 2000 | by contronaturaSee all my reviews

A shallow description would refer to this as a Japanese version of Dirty Harry. And it does bear some resemblance to that film, but while Dirty Harry broke the rules in order to get a criminal at any cost, Kitano's character Azuma seems to seek vengeance due not only to his lust for revenge but because he's psychotic. There's a sense that Azuma won't rest until he gets his man not out of duty but out of madness. Kitano gives what might be his best performance in this film; he is absolutely riveting. And the film itself is beautifully shot, and the score is especially good. But the best part of this is perhaps the end - the film ends on a perfectly cynical note that couldn't be topped. Seek this out.


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