Outrage is a new Japanese film written, directed and edited by veteran director Takeshi Kitano, who also casts himself as Otomo (Beat Takeshi), the name by which he is best known in Japan.
See Outrage trailer HERE.
Beat started his career as part of a fast-talking comedy team and moved on to superstardom from his appearances in film and on TV.
The revenge cycle begins when clan head Ikemoto (Jun Kunimura) asks Otomo to make a move against family outsider Murase (Renji Ishibashi), so as to assuage the suspicions of Boss of all Bosses, Mr. Chairman (Soichiro Kitamura).
Bullets, money, apologies, respectful bows and severed fingers (the Yazuka version the Mafia’s broken thumb) are the coin of the realm in this world, where an ultra-violent, blood-spattered Kabuki dance revolves around losing – and ruthlessly recovering – face.
Kitano recreates some famous American film scenes. There’s The Godfather: Part II, where Senator Pat Geary (G.D. Spradlin) finds himself waking up from a blackout to a heinous hotel-room crime scene and no alibi.
Then there’s a scene – actually a five-second shot – that makes the Olivier/Hoffman episode in the Marathon Man (1976) look like “Ernie Goes to the Dentist” on Sesame Street.
Kitano clearly has an engaging style, in the manner of Sam Peckinpah. But scenes borrowed from great American cinema only highlight how much more interesting Outrage might have been with more fully developed characters.
Excellent original score by Keiichi Suzuki. Kitano didn’t want music that could be used as background music for TV news crime stories,“I didn’t even want it to sound like real music. I’m assuming that my music will not be used on popular TV shows this time. I wanted it to sound like clatter, like noise – effects rather than music.”
BTW, don’t confuse Outrage (2010) with Kirby Dick’s Outrage (2009), a documentary about closeted U.S. politicians who lobby for anti-gay legislation.
Inevitably, some overworked video store clerk will miss-file them – maybe on purpose or simply out of boredom. Come to think of it, that might make for a pretty hilarious hidden-camera segment. Cast Sasha Baron Cohen as the mischievous clerk interrogating disgruntled customers about why they don’t want to be charged for renting the wrong version of Outrage.
See playdates and locations HERE.
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