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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Aniki Yamamoto (as 'Beat' Takeshi)
... Denny
Claude Maki ... Ken
Masaya Katô ... Shirase
Susumu Terajima ... Kato
Royale Watkins ... Jay
... Mo
... Harada (as Ren Ôsugi)
... Ishihara
... Sugimoto
... Latifa (as Tatyana M. Ali)
Makoto Ôtake ... Chief of Police
Kôen Okumura ... Hanaoka
Naomasa Musaka ... Hisamatsu
... Night Club Madame
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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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The Yakuza takes on the mafia... in an unstoppable hail of bullets! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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27 January 2001 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Adelfos ex aimatos  »

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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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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

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

Quotes

Ken: [to Denny] He says, if you kill him with one shot, he'll give you ten bucks.
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References Death Wish (1974) See more »

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Casta Diva che inargenti
from "Norma"
Music by Vincenzo Bellini
Words by Felice Romani
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Lyrical genius in love with savage violence?
9 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

"Brother" makes the "Godfather" trilogy look like a kindergarten Christmas production. Kitano is definitely glorifying gratuitous violence, I am sorry to say it but it's true. He's smart and chic enough to know that he could be making wonderfully poetic films for the artsy crowd but perhaps he wants to offend on purpose. However, he ends up making beautifully directed odes to brutality in which japanese contemporary society appears only as backdrop against the vicious and callous homicidal maniacs obssessed with serial killing. Here, Kitano ,expatriated in LA, quickly manages to practically wipe off entire Cholo (Chicano) mob population: dozens of bodies mowed left and right with an aide from three inept street hustlers (one of whom is his americanized half-brother)... Of course, "Brother" does have Kitano's trademark scenes even if not nearly as elaborate as those in "Sonatine" or "Fireworks": a brief long-shot scene at the beach and a GREAT roof scene with the paper airplane...LOOK, OF COURSE, FOR SOME CHOPPED FINGERS ETC.

I am perhaps rambling a little. It shows you how ambivalent my feelings about Kitano in fact are. On one hand I like him a lot and consider him a rarely gifted film maker. In fact, one of the finest. On the other hand I deeply deplore his basic premises: death and misogyny. I can't make up my mind. I keep wanting to stay away from his films and I end up seeing them one after another. A strange experience for me.


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