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Brother (2000)

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A Japanese gangster is exiled to Los Angeles where his brother lives with a small but respectable multi-racial gang, who he inspires to expand their influence.

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Takeshi Kitano

Writer:

Takeshi Kitano
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Takeshi Kitano ... Aniki Yamamoto (as 'Beat' Takeshi)
Omar Epps ... Denny
Claude Maki Claude Maki ... Ken
Masaya Katô ... Shirase
Susumu Terajima Susumu Terajima ... Kato
Royale Watkins Royale Watkins ... Jay
Lombardo Boyar ... Mo
Ren Osugi ... Harada (as Ren Ôsugi)
Ryo Ishibashi ... Ishihara
James Shigeta ... Sugimoto
Tatyana Ali ... Latifa (as Tatyana M. Ali)
Makoto Ôtake Makoto Ôtake ... Chief of Police
Kôen Okumura Kôen Okumura ... Hanaoka
Naomasa Musaka Naomasa Musaka ... Hisamatsu
Rino Katase ... Night Club Madame
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Storyline

A Japanese Yakuza gangster is exiled to the United States. Takeshi settles in Los Angeles where his younger, half brother lives and finds that although the turf is new, the rules are still the same as they try to take over the local drug trade. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

The one guy you trust to get your back when a whole city's trying to put a bullet in it. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong violence, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | UK | Japan

Language:

English | Japanese | Italian | Spanish

Release Date:

27 January 2001 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Adelfos ex aimatos See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,029, 22 July 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$447,750, 30 September 2001
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The body count is 78. See more »

Goofs

When the driver of the car carrying Aniki is shot from behind, we see his blood splattered on the windscreen. There's also a crack on it, but when we cut to the car crashing from the outside, the windscreen is clean. See more »

Quotes

Mo: What are you guys gonna do?
Ken: Cut his finger off.
Mo: What happens when you cut his finger off?
Kato: Ummm... he can't swim straight anymore.
[smiles]
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Alternate Versions

The UK Region 2 DVD from Film Four is the full cut of the film. It includes the extra POV chopstick death scene, a full pan across on the severed head in the stairwell, as well as many other small cuts made in the U.S. to attain an "R" rating. See more »

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Casta Diva che inargenti
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Music by Vincenzo Bellini
Words by Felice Romani
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User Reviews

 
Oh, Brother
20 May 2003 | by biffertronSee all my reviews

Sweet Daddy Jones said it all - the best gangster film since Goodfellas. Go beyond that and you have one of the best, most economical pieces of film making in years.

Someone in the thread moaned about the lack of dialogue, did they feel the same way about Eastwood's spaghetti films or the Unforgiven? You either understand that level of economy or you dont. Like the best music, somtimes its what artists leave out that speaks volumes, and creates art. Its the space 'inbetween', not chucking the kitchen sink, that pulls you in.

This film is excellent, if you like Tarantino or Scorsese - watch this and see someone who actually manages to bring Eastern film making to Hollywood with the utmost panache. Unlike John Woo, who I love dearly, but was comprehensively f***ed up the ass by Hollywood (Mission Impossible2, Face Off, Hard Target) in the process.

'I may not understand American, but I DO understand Jap motherf***er' There's a quote, there's a fact. If, like previous respondents you dont get minimalistic action (which is also mega hardcore),this is not for you. Those of us who like our action slick, sleek and to the bone, sign up now.


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