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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 ... 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 Yakuza takes on the mafia... in an unstoppable hail of bullets! 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:

Brother See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,029, 22 July 2001

Gross USA:

$450,594

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,250,594
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Sound Mix:

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

The car that explodes is a Lexus. When the gang see the flaming wreck, it's a different car. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Denny: I love you Aniki! Wherever you at, man!
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Alternate Versions

US version was heavily cut for violence to be in accordance with MPAA demands for a "R" rating. See more »

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Soundtracks

Casta Diva che inargenti
from "Norma"
Music by Vincenzo Bellini
Words by Felice Romani
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Guys in suits and sunglasses murder one another.
11 October 2006 | by jzappaSee all my reviews

Beat Takeshi is a filmmaker so distinct and so completely different from any other filmmaker that you have to be prepared before seeing one of his films to watch something differently than you normally would. Brother is his first overseas production, and to this day his only one, and perhaps its minimal success and marginal fan base is due to its seeming lack of plot, its evasive editing, or something else that Takeshi customarily draws attention to, whether purposefully or not.

Brother is not quite his best film, but you will realize that the focus is not on the story but on the themes of its story. Completely unlike its characters, especially Takeshi's stone cold killer, its story is something to feel your way through. These characters do not feel much. They do. The movie is mostly made up of deadpan scenes of bloody violence, occasional dialogue, and quiet medium closeups. The music, which like in all Takeshi films is lush and emotional, directs our feelings.

Brother is great for fans of crime movies, gangsters, violence overall, Asian cinema, and even action fans, but Takeshi Kitano's style is a strangely deadpan and very personal approach. It's an acquired taste.


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