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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

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