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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.

Director:

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 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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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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Trivia

The dead bodies found in the headquarters (toward the end of the film) are arranged in the Japanese symbol (kanji) for "death". See more »

Goofs

Ken takes the photo of the potential blackmail victim with his right hand while his left hand is on the table. In the close-up he's holding it with both hands, and then he returns the picture with his right hand while his left hand is on the table again. 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

Region 1 DVD is the U.S Cut version. Not the uncut international version. See more »

Connections

References Scarface (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Casta Diva che inargenti
from "Norma"
Music by Vincenzo Bellini
Words by Felice Romani
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Kitano invades LA - almost succeeds
30 November 2003 | by gray4See all my reviews

This is the 4th Kitano film I've seen recently. It has most of the characteristics of the other films - the sudden, shocking violence, the impassive silences, the same supporting actors, the obligatory seaside scene. But the shift to an American location weakens it, despite the excellent contributions of the US actors, especially Omar Epps.

But the core, unmissable qualities of a Kitano film remain. Takeshi Kitano must be the natural successor to Clint Eastwood as an anti-hero. Most of the stylised violence takes place off-screen, with a flash of humour, then the after-effects vividly on display. The sound-track from Joe Hisaishi matches the screen action perfectly, at times an aggressive supplement to the violence, at other times hauntingly peaceful.

The ending is the film's weakest part, as though Kitano pandered to imagined (or real) American requirements. The out-of-town setting and road movie elements fit uncomfortably with the rest of the film. But if this is the compromise needed to get Kitano to make more films out of Japan, it must be worthwhile.


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