Synopsis: A world-weary yakuza in Tokyo is assigned to take his clan to Okinawa to help settle a dispute between two factions. He's suspicious of the assignment, but he goes, and within a couple days, his role remains unclear and several of men are dead. He retreats to a house on a remote beach to wait. The first night there , he rescues a young woman from an assault, and they develop a playful relationship. Over time, it becomes clear he's been set up, sent to Okinawa so that others can take over his lucrative territory. As his clan dwindles, he plans a revenge. But, what if he's successful? What is there to life anyway?
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Director(s): Takeshi Kitano
Production: Miramax
  4 wins.
Rotten Tomatoes:
94 min

It's okay for you to operate here,

but don't forget to pay us our share.

It doesn't look good otherwise.

Those are your rules.

I'm not a yakuza,

so I don't have to pay you anything.

But you're acting like a yakuza.

So let the police arrest me,

but don't make me

listen to your bullshit.

You're dead, asshole.

You're the stupid one.

You are the stupid thing.


You've been waiting there half an hour.

He's jilted you.

I'm off soon,

so why not come with me?

We can go to a

disco or something.

The Don, Kitajima,

called a few minutes ago.

He said he'd call again.

How did it go?

Let's get him.

I'll take it.

It's the old man.

Hello... yes...

Today? I understand.

Good to see you again, sir.

I thought you decided

to quit and go back home.

The cafe owner needed a waiter

so I figured I'd postpone the trip.

Then start acting

and dressing like a waiter.

Yes, sir.

If you screw me,

I'll make you pay for it, punk.

Sorry, sir.

Off you go.

Murakawa Media.

It's for you, sir. It's Kishimoto.


Katagiri speaking.

Wait until October?

- Tanaka can drive, can't he?

- Yes, he can.

You know the mahjong parlour, right?


We told you we need it by August.

- Go there and wait. I'll let you know.

- Understood.

"You can't"?

Who do you think

you're fucking talking to?

I'll cut your balls off!

You licked our fucking asses

when you borrowed the cash.

Don't f*ck with us now!

Ken, I'm thinking about retiring.

We've been living

the hard life too long.

Yes. I'm tired of it.

Maybe you're too rich for this business.

Here they are. I hear their

section's doing really well these days.

The new underground means

business on his patch is booming.

Our area is lousy in comparison.

Well, this new

job might change our luck.

So handle it carefully, okay?

Nakamatsu's group in Okinawa has

started a war against the Anan clan.

They are begging for our help.

So we've got to send some troops in.

Murakawa, would you mind flying

down there with some of the boys?

Last time we were sent out to Hokkaido,

three of my men got killed.

I don't really feel like it.

That's how you earned your current

patch. Business is booming, isn't it?

- Show the Don some appreciation.

- Takahashi. Only if you go with me.

You know my job. I've got to take care

of the Boss:
The syndicate operation.

As much as

I'd like to go with you...

- Who's taking care of my patch?

- You have a good lieutenant, Katagiri.

Think about it, will you?

There shouldn't be any bloodshed.

You may smoke.

Nakamatsu might be my sworn brother,

but he's never done anything for me.

He's merely a distant

relative of our family.

Unlike you lot.

You're my immediate family.

We've sworn allegiance and put

our lives into your hands. Boss.

You're putting my

life into his hands, Takashi.

There's a call for you, Mr. Murakawa.

I'm going.

Good night.

Ladies, you may join us now.

What d'you want?

What's going on?

Over there.

You're evil, you know that?

Mr. Murakawa, can we talk?

F*ck off.

Please. Be reasonable.

How much do you want?

Sorry, too late.

Mr. Murakawa...

How long

can he last underwater?

A couple of minutes, I guess.

Let's try two minutes.

Push him under.

Mr. Murakawa, please, stop this.

Mr. Murakawa, please stop this...

Mr. Murakawa...

Check him.


Mr. Murakawa!

Still breathing, huh?

Please, stop this.

Try three minutes.

Plunge him.

Stop it, please!

Stop it, please!

Mr. Murakawa!

Boss, there's something fishy

about the Okinawa job.

The old man says we need to put in an

appearance and then they'll negotiate.

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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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