Television comedian, author of a number of books, and star in such films as Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawerence, Takeshi Kitano stepped behind the megaphone for this two-fisted crime thriller after yakuza flick auteur Kinji Fukasaka walked off the project. Police detective Azuma (Kitano) is loose cannon Dirty Harry-like cop who is constantly in hot water with his superiors. At the film’s outset, Asuma encounters a group of high school kids beating up an old man. Later that night, he pays a visit to the ringleader’s middle-class home and lands a fist square in the kid’s face. When he discovers a man in bed with his mentally feeble sister, Akari (Maiko Kawakami), he thrashes the guy. Azuma’s crime-world double is a yakuza assassin (Ryu Haku) who’s running drugs. Later, Azuma learns that not only is his best friend and partner, Iwaki (Sei Hiraizumi), selling drugs to this gangland thug, but his sister has been kidnapped and coked up by the same creep.
“Beat” Takeshi Kitano is widely considered to be Japan’s foremost media personality. In addition to his work in the film industry he is an active newspaper columnist, an author and poet, and a ubiquitous presence on Japanese television where he can be seen in up to eight prime time shows per week.Kitano first found fame, as well as his “Beat” nickname, in the early ‘70s as one-half of the manzai comedy duo The Two Beats, a fast-paced, cross-talk act that thrilled audiences with their off-color humor and satirical bite. Throughout the early ’80s, Kitano acted in a number of films, most memorably in Nagisa Oshima’s Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983).
In 1989 Kitano added another facet to his career — serious film director. He was set to star in a police thriller that was to be directed by gangster film veteran Kinji Fukasaku. When Fukasaku had to leave the film, the film’s producers offered Kitano the directing chores. He reworked the script and the result was Violent Cop, a… read more
the movie is worth the time because of Kitano's character and the last 20 minutes. The last shoot out sequence is amazing, but it's noticeable the novice director choices throughout the movie
i've just seen this for the second time and it's so good, a real masterpiece, so underrated, best kitano for sure and one of the best action films ever, his later films might look more poetic on the surface but violent cop is the more human film of kitano he only comes back to being this good in his latest film "Outrage"
Kitano does Dirty Harry and the result is piece grittier and less poetic than his later films, but no less captivating. There is less control here, everything seems more clumsy, awkward and real. His trademark brutality had greater impact on me in this film. Excellent, but nihlistic, grim stuff, even for Kitano. Not for the faint of heart.