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Boiling Point (1990)

3-4 x jûgatsu (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 19 November 1999 (USA)
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Two disquieted junior baseball players seek revenge on the local yakuza for attacking their coach.

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Takeshi Kitano

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Takeshi Kitano (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Takeshi Kitano ... Uehara (as 'Beat' Takeshi)
Yûrei Yanagi Yûrei Yanagi ... Masaki (as Masahiko Ono)
Yuriko Ishida ... Sayaka
Taka Guadalcanal Taka Guadalcanal ... Takashi Iguchi (as Takahito Iguchi)
Duncan Duncan ... Kazuo (as Minoru Iizuka)
Eri Fuse ... Fumiyo
Makoto Ashikawa Makoto Ashikawa ... Akira
Rasshâ Itamae Rasshâ Itamae ... Takuya (as Hiroshi Suzuki)
Tsumami Edamame Tsumami Edamame ... Saburou (as Takahiko Aoki)
Bannai Matsuo Bannai Matsuo ... Naoya (as Kenzo Matsuo)
Rakkyo Ide ... Hajime (as Hiroshi Ide)
Meijin Serizawa Meijin Serizawa ... Makoto
Kengakusha Akiyama Kengakusha Akiyama ... Gas Pump Attendant
Naoko Shinohara Naoko Shinohara ... Sumiyo
Etsushi Toyokawa ... Okinawa-Rengou Kumichou
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Storyline

Two members of a Japanese junior baseball team get mixed up with the local yakuza. After their coach is severely injured by the gangsters, the two boys set off to Okinawa to purchase a gun in order to get revenge. While in Okinawa they get befriended by a psychotic yakuza outcast who is planning a revenge of his own. Written by Todd K. Bowman <tkbowman@aol.com>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

19 November 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boiling Point See more »

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$1,471
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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It's about change.
8 February 2010 | by cheathamgSee all my reviews

A lot of the comments have been about the film's relationship to the nature of violence, and it's true that it is a violent film. However, that's not the point of the movie. The film starts showing a young man sitting in the dark. He comes out into the light and walks slowly to where the action is taking place. He is dull, uninvolved, uninterested in what's going on. In the beginning, events happen to him. It is only after he is attacked by a hoodlum that he begins to take action himself. He volunteers for the mission to buy a gun and while on that expedition he is exposed to a wide variety of experiences that force him to become a more active personality. After his return he shows himself to be a take charge guy. The symbolism of the butterfly eggs is one of metamorphosis. The title "Boiling Point" has a meaning of change, the point at which water turns to steam. Finally, the last scene is of him in the same darkness as he was at the beginning, but this time when he emerges his movements are quick and jaunty. He is a different man.


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