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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:

Violent Cop See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,960
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Shinkai: So you're replacing Iwaki?
Kikuchi: Except I'm much smarter.
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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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Connections

References The Case of the Scorpion's Tail (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Gnossienne No.1
(1890)
Main theme is an electronic variation of the above title by Erik Satie
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Kitano straight--no chaser
14 April 1999 | by matt-201See all my reviews

Takeshi Kitano's films that have been celebrated in the West--SONATINE and the elegant FIREWORKS--are art movies with a pulpy whiff of hickory smoke blown over them. For my money, the real Kitano is found in early pictures like BOILING POINT and this programmer, generally called in America VIOLENT COP. There's always a strange mix of art movie and pulp movie in Kitano, but in this one the balance is about fifty-fifty. Kitano's trademark style--Ozu-like tranquility pierced by chancres of irruptive violence--was never so deftly jiggered as it is here. And Kitano's own performance--log-faced yet queerly piquant--ranks with Robert Mitchum at his peak.


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