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Japan / UK / USA, 2000 (MIFF 2001, International Panorama)

Director: Takeshi Kitano

A magnificent return to form for Japan's reigning master of the gangster film. Takeshi Kitano (Hana-Bi MIFF 1998). The director, who also stars, plays a Yakuza banished from Tokyo as a result of a gang war. Looking up his younger brother in Los Angeles, he finds his sibling engaged in some highly unprofessional, low-level dealing, and decides to take matters in hand. Soon, he has built up a powerful organisation that earns the unwanted attention of the local mafia. Rich in deadpan humour and in spectacularly choreographed violence. Brother blends horror and sentimentality in Kitano's patented, thoroughly inimitable style.

"If you're looking for trouble, you've come to the right place."—The New York Times

"From one of the most remarkable film makers in the world...tense, edgy and compulsively unpredictable."—Total Film.

"Kitano is the creator of one of modern cinema's tragic personalities par excellence."—El Pais Spain

See also...


Japan, 2004
Blood and Bones centres on Kim Sun-pei, a Korean migrant attempting to build a fortune in Japan. Contrary to his hopes, the Japan he encounters is a brutal world of discrimination and hard labour. Re… More »


Japan, 2005
Legendary Japanese director, actor and hardman, Kitano ‘Beat' Takeshi, puts the ‘gang' back into ‘doppelganger' with this hyper-real violation of the traditional rules of film form and biograph… More »


France, 2008
“I love the Yakuza… I see them as the heirs to the samurai spirit.” - actor Sonny Chiba ... Literally translated as ‘good-for-nothing', Japan's criminal brotherhood - the Yakuza - underw… More »


Japan, 1989
... ... Takeshi makes his directorial debut in what on the surface at least is a standard 'rene­gade cop' genre film. Takeshi plays Detective Azuma, the department's 'wild-card' whose unorthodox … More »


Japan, 1990
... ... In Japan, Takeshi Kitano currently advertises a product called 'Jolt Cola'. Aside from his endorsement, the selling point is that it boasts twice the caffeine of regular colas. For once, star… More »

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