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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
Rino Katase ... 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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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

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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References The Godfather (1972) See more »

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Casta Diva che inargenti
from "Norma"
Music by Vincenzo Bellini
Words by Felice Romani
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Not Kitano´s best, but still a good movie!
26 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

"Brother" may be Kitano´s most well-known and successful movie, but after all it´s just another sign that success at the box offices doesn´t make the perfect movie, because it lacks in many respects: the story is too one-dimensional and delivers nothing really new, the characters are not developed enough, excluding the brilliant play of Omar Epps and, of course, Kitano himself. However, if you like heavy gunfight violence in the style of "Reservoir Dogs" or Takeshi´s elder "Violent Cop" this is the right film for you! The body count is higher than in all Quentin Tarantino/Sam Peckinpah films together and even some gore like cut off fingers and heads is brought on here and there. Once more the violent pictures are laid under with beautiful piano music what gives some disturbing aspects as well as emotional rollercoasters to this film. Definitely one of the better gangster movies of the last few years, but not the best as often said. A good film which is a little bit overrated... Can´t await to see Kitano´s "Battle Royale" - this one must be really brilliant..!


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