Outrage – 2010


plot: The boss of a major crime syndicate orders his lieutenant to bring a rogue gang of drug traffickers in line, a job that gets passed on to his long-suffering subordinate. The plot concerns a struggle for power amongst Tokyo’s Yakuza clans, today just as likely to be playing the stock market as shaking down pachinko parlors, over which the Sanmo-kai clan holds sway in the face of constant betrayal and ever-changing allegiances. Sanmo-kai chairman Ototomo (played by Kitano himself) learns that his henchman Ikemoto has struck an alliance with the drug-dealing Murase family, and is not best pleased, to say the least. The ensuing retaliation triggers an orgy of killings, territorial invasions and score settling while law enforcement officers, too corrupt to intervene

 Kitano is fucking back with a vengeance. let’s all bow and thank the japanese film gods. after laying off the yakuza genre for nearly 10 years, master Takeshi Kitano brings us Outrage, once again starring himself as the main character. Outrage follows the ins and outs of Yakuza politics of revenge and atonement between bosses, brothers, and cohorts, and an unstoppable backstabbing bloody avalanche of awesome.




the winning recipe here is the ultra violence topped off with irresistible black humor. you gotta love it when the fatalities and horrible, blood filled yakuza situations you are presented with also make you let out an out loud chuckle or two. i mean there’s a reason why Tarantino loves this guy so much, right? right.



one way Outrage differs from Kitano’s other notorious yakuza movies, is that his character, and generally the story itself, lacks his distinctive outcast-inner struggle, the nuances in the people involved are put aside for a more straight forward kind of story telling, but after all, as Kitano remarked publicly about his making of Outrage, he is giving the people what they want – no pretense of artistic embellishments, but rather blunt, cruel acts of violence of the professional criminal devoid of any romanticism.



so sit back and enjoy the bloody ride, and then, if you’re hungry for more, remember this is the same guy who brought us masterpieces such as Brother, Hana-bi, and Boiling Point. it’s never too late for a good re-ash.


One Response to “Outrage”

  1. Blood Hawk Says:

    One of the things I love about J cinema is how complex subjects can be shown in a strange emotional manner, the humanism on the character construction… and of course, blunt gore/violence. I haven’t watched many Kitano yakuza films (lack of access to ’em and I’m broke as shit – and he did some other stuff too) but I really like the guy. But I noticed that some of those films have a tendency of almost glamourize the yakuza. Fortunally the complex nature of the characters shown on his films manage to show the reality of the yakuza and crime life.

    Didn’t get the chance to watch and appreciate this one yet. I like to watch movies from Nihon, cause I get to connect with the roots of my family and ancestors. The only thing I dilsike is when criminal life is glamourized (no surprise there, yakuza controls part of the industry). The way you describe this one appears to me that Kitano is not only trying to please his public, but also show that yakuza is all about blood shed and narcisitic violence (along with his dark sense of humor). It feels more like Kitano displaying yakuza as what really is. He’s just showing off the nature of the beast. That one I’ll look foward to watch.

    Wish movie critics had your colorful language. I use a site for game critics that I agree 99% of the time. Now, I have a place to get film critics the way I like and propably agree 99% of the time as well.

    Best wishes…


    PS: didn’t had the time to check the previous posts, any chance you also talk about anime?

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