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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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Boiling Point (Jugatsu)

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 19 February 2011

Takeshi Kitano as Uehara in Kitano’s Boiling Point (Jugatsu)

Boiling Point (Japanese title Jugatsu), 1990, directed by Takeshi Kitano; with Iizuka Minoru and Beat Kitano.  Boiling Point, Kitano’s second film, thought perhaps to be weaker than more recent films (Sonatine, Zatoichi), treats some of the subjects important to Kitano (e.g., Japanese culture) in ways that were to become Kitano trademarks, notably, black humor and violence and, as such, is important viewing in order to understand the development of Kitano as a director and as an actor.  Dream sequence, crime film, baseball story, Yakuza film, the choice is yours, as is the pleasure of watching a director find his marks. (PR)

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 top image: from the film Boiling Point, directed by Takeshi Kitano

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