Synopsis: A Japanese Yakuza gangster is exiled to the United States. Takeshi settles in Los Angeles where his younger, half brother lives and finds that although the turf is new, the rules are still the same as they try to take over the local drug trade.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Takeshi Kitano
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
114 min

Are you Japanese?

Want me to introduce you

to some good-lookin' babes?

Asshole doesn't even speak English.

Is this all right, sir?

Thank you, sir.

Are you going out, sir?

Please don't bother, sir.

You already gave me a tip.

Please see the gentleman

to this address.

You got it.

He worked here a while ago.

Heard he got himself into some trouble.

So I fiired him.

He says he quit.

Excuse me.

Yamamoto lives near here.

Go three blocks that way

and then turn left.

He lives above the Trade Building.

He's into some bad business

with some black guys.

Better be careful.

Damn. Where the f*ck are your eyes,

motherfucker? Huh?

What you gonna do about my wine,


Ain't some old cheap-ass wine either.

It's gonna cost you at least $200.




Hello. Good day, sir.

The big boss wants to go out?

Yes. Please wait a moment.

Hey, move your short legs.

Excuse me.

We're in the middle of a war now.

Got it.

Hey, go upstairs.

Yes, sir!

Keep it open, asshole.

Get out.


Any new girls?

The same old faces.

A pack of cigarettes.

What about her?

Come on.

She's Mr. Yoshida's girl.


I haven't seen him for some time.

What about him?

Oh, Jun.

He was introduced

by a liquor vendor.

- Shall I?

- No, no.

It's great to get out of the house.

Lots of great women here.

No fun at home

staring at the old bag.

Come on, drink up.

Take the boss home.

Big Boss, please.

What? We're leaving already?

- Let him pass.

- Spoilsports.

Too weak, sir?

Too strong.


shouldn't we call a truce

with the enemy?

You're getting soft.

Can't be so headstrong.

We're not young anymore.

Cops are already here.

Dump it somewhere.

Hope the boss went home.

And not to his mistress's.

Why the f*ck are you here?

That's how it is...

So might as well

come to an agreement.

We don't want it to get out of hand.

Better to disband the family.

He says he'll look after you.

Goddamn it, this is a wake.

Shit happens.

"Shit happens"?

What's with this tie?

Back off, punk.

"I have a wife and children...

and my men.

I cut off my fiinger.

So let me join the family

that killed our boss.

Please, brother?"

Don't "brother" me!

I don't want this!

I should kill you!

You traitor!

You call yourself a Yakuza?

He's doing it for us.

Please kill me instead.

Please forgive us. Please.

You stay out of this.

Sorry, brother.

Never mind.

I'll talk to Aniki for you.

Well, see you.

Aren't you ashamed of yourself?

You're out of line.

I declare this to Mr. Harada and

the ten men who will become dependents.

As you drink

the sacred sake before you...

you will become members

of the Hisamatsu family.

As you may already realize...

in the strict world of the Yakuza...

Even if your boss tells you

white is black...

You must put aside all reservations

and agree to his view.

Damn Hisamatsu.

Why is he taking that bastard in?

I think the police pressured him.

There was no alternative.

This way, our enemy is fiinished.

Aniki doesn't fit in.

It's like he's not needed.

'Cause he's an outsider.

After all, you were enemies.

It can't be helped.

I've been told to kill you.

You're a pain in their ass...

and they don't trust me.

Then kill me.

Come on.

We're sworn brothers.

Could you leave the county?

I'll take care of eveything.

I could go to America.

My kid brother's there.

Impossible for a Yakuza?

Brother, would you really go?

The Chinese guys

can make up a passport.

I'll get you some money too.


I owe you one.

Hey, I'm supposed to die.

Who is he?

A bum named Sakamoto.

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Takeshi Kitano

Takeshi Kitano (北野 武, Kitano Takeshi, born 18 January 1947) is a Japanese comedian, television personality, director, actor, author, and screenwriter. While he is known primarily as a comedian and TV host in his native Japan, abroad he is known almost entirely for his filmwork. With the exception of his works as a film director, he is known almost exclusively by the stage name Beat Takeshi (ビートたけし, Bīto Takeshi). Kitano rose to prominence in the 1970s as one half of the comedy duo Two Beat, before going solo and becoming one of the three biggest comedians in the country. After several small acting roles, he made his directorial debut with 1989's Violent Cop and garnered international acclaim for Sonatine (1993). But he was not accepted as a director in Japan until Hana-bi won the Golden Lion in 1997. In October 2017, Kitano's completed his Outrage crime trilogy with the release of Outrage Coda.He has received critical acclaim for his idiosyncratic cinematic work, winning numerous awards with Japanese film critic Nagaharu Yodogawa having once dubbed him "the true successor" to influential filmmaker Akira Kurosawa. Many of Kitano's films are dramas about yakuza gangsters or the police. Described by critics as using an acting style that is highly deadpan or a camera style that approaches near-stasis, Kitano often uses long takes where little appears to be happening, or editing that cuts immediately to the aftermath of an event. Many of his films express a bleak worldview, but are also filled with humor and affection for their characters. more…

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