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Brother (Aniki) – Starring & Directed by Takeshi Kitano

Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Brother (Aniki) (2000)  Written, directed and edited by, and starring Takeshi Kitano (see partial filmography below).  In this Japanese/American Yakuza film, the first part set in Tokyo, the second in Los Angeles, an exiled Yakuza captain, Yamamoto, played with his signature, and captivating, explosive impassivity by Kitano, joins up with his half-brother’s drug dealing gang in Los Angeles.  Kitano, as writer, director, and editor, plays the density and ritual of Tokyo and the Japanese Yakuza against the space and marked lack of respect of Los Angeles and its brutal gangs.  This is Kitano’s first film set in the U.S., (and his last) and one cannot help but be impressed by the way he is channeling the myths of the American west, its wide open spaces, lawlessness and rugged individuality, reminiscent of early Eastwood, through his vision of the codes and life of the Japanese underworld.  Though perhaps not his best film, there is some very good acting, and excellent writing and directing, Kitano’s distinctive humour, and superb music by Joe Hisaishi, making Brother (Aniki) a must-see for anyone interested in Japanese or world cinema, and especially for those who are fans of Kitano’s work. (PR) (Note: As expected, there is a good deal of rather bloody violence.)

See our posts on other films by and/or starring Takeshi Kitano: his latest film Outrage – Way of the Yakuza, Violent Cop, the excellent Fireworks (Hana-Bi), Boiling Point (Jugatsu), the superb Sonatine, Zatoichi and Battle Royale.

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Tigerland – Starring Colin Farrell

Posted by the editors on Thursday, 15 December 2011

Tigerland (2000) Directed by Joel Schumacher (Batman Forever (1995), 8mm (1999), Trespass (2011)), starring Colin Farrell (Ordinary Decent Criminal (2000), Minority Report (2002), Alexander (2004), In Bruges (2008), Total Recall (2012, in post-production)), and others.  U.S. Army Intensive Training camp for Vietnam-bound soldiers is the setting for this (anti-) war drama.  It is 1971 and the anti-war sentiment in the U.S. is a social reality.  Nevertheless, here we find a group of young G.I.s, draftees and volunteers, undergoing their final few weeks of training prior to being sent over to Vietnam.  From sadists, to racists, from semi-literates to intellectuals, from sociopaths to disobedient free-thinking iconoclasts, to a capella-singing blacks the diversity is present, and sadly stereotypical.  Happily, there are moments when Tigerland is captivating, gritty and tense, with its grainy, over-exposed look, and some good acting, especially on the part of Colin Farrell, and this despite the shallow writing which dominates much of the film, which, in the end is too slickly predictable. See it, if you must, for Colin Farrell in one of his first major roles. (PR)

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