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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

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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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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Commenting on the differing styles of filmmaking, Takeshi Kitano said that American productions are more focused on the business side and are less sentimental. Kitano cited their strong pride in their professionalism as a positive aspect. 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

Kato: [knocked down by a pistol butt] Aniki?
Aniki Yamamoto: Kato?
Kato: [surprised] What's going on?
Aniki Yamamoto: [smiles] I'm at war in America too.
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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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Referenced in Bad Girls: Episode #6.4 (2004) See more »

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

 
The Least Interesting Of Kitano's Films, But Still Good

I am a huge fan of the brilliant cinematic genius Takeshi Kitano, his films "Hana-Bi" (1997) and "Violent Cop" (1991) are two of my all-time favorites and I also found several other Kitano films such as "Zatoichi" (2003) excellent. "Brother" of 2001 is in my opinion Kitano's weakest film up to date, which does not mean that it's bad. It is just not quite as brilliant as Kitano's other work. Kitano is once again director and leading actor, and he once again delivers a great performance in the lead.

Yakuza Aniki Yamamoto (Kitano) flees to America after his death is ordered by a Yakuza clan. Yamamoto goes to LA where his younger brother Ken is supposed to study. Instead of studying, however, Ken deals drugs with some American friends. And it doesn't take Yamamoto long to plan some drastic improvements for his little brother's gang...

Takeshi Kitano's performance is once again superb, this guy certainly is one of the greatest cinematic multi-talents who ever lived. I found the Japanese characters great in general, and if it was only for them, "Brother" would have probably almost reached Kitano's masterpieces in brilliance. I personally didn't like the American characters though. Omar Epps certainly is a good actor, but his character of Denny is just not very deep, simply the very stereotypical African American street gangster seen in two out of three cheesy Hollywood blockbusters. And that counts for the other American characters too. It wasn't actually that bad with Omare Epps, simply because he is a very good actor. Besides the flatness of the American characters, I found the movie very good. It is once again beautifully and imaginatively filmed in typical Kitano style, and it has the typical Kitano humor that I love. The movie is also very violent, so it's probably not for people who are easily offended by brutality in films. What I also really like about "Brother" is the fact that at least half of the movie is in Japanese. The Japanese characters also talk Japanese when they are in the US.

"Brother" is arguably Kitano's weakest movie, and definitely my least favorite of his movies, but that doesn't mean it's bad. We're talking about a great cinematic genius here, and "Brother" certainly is a good, suspenseful, entertaining, stylish and interesting film. In case you don't know Kitano yet, i recommend to watch "Hana-bi" or "Violent Cop" before watching this, but in case you're already familiar with Kitano "Brother" is certainly worth watching. My fellow Kitano fans should not miss this. Recommended 7/10


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