Not about characterization nor dramatic dimension at all, but about balances of power, that sadly doesn't fully excite. Kitano's technical elements are exceptional, as is his dark humor, yet the tangled world of Yakuza politics/double crosses grows irksome quickly, being emotionally vacant. The avoidance of storytelling basics for a complicated plot is quite drab. However, there are some good ideas strewn around.
Why was Otomo knifed in the jail....? I would have cut in the prison scene. Open-ended films are my beach. That Kato was a mofoca. Played all like a fiddle even his boss. This is like Silvio or Paulie having had plotted successfully against Tony Soprano! Kitano you're still on fire!
En compétition à Cannes, ce film éclaire comme dans Donnie BRASCO, le fonctionnement "bête et discipliné" des mafias (ici yakuzas). Dans ce milieu d'ultra prédateurs, la moindre erreur se paie cher. Et de laver l'affront à perdre le pouvoir, le chemin est très court et les pertes humaines s’amoncellent.
Wonderful! The delusional plans of power-hungry phalluses get twisted into a comically absurd, semi-slapsticky series of backstabs—until the story becomes so brutal that laughter is no longer an option. Act now, and we'll throw in an ominous, minimal synth score that John Carpenter would be proud to call his own. Inventive genre cinema...it's my first Kitano, and I'll be coming back.
I dare say this was nearly a perfect Yakuza movie, but for the poorly acted and borderline-racist Gbannan ambassador subplot. Otherwise, much like Takashi Miike's "13 Assassins," this film represents a master filmmaker working at the peak of their powers in a commercial mode. "Outrage" is gorgeously lit, fast-paced, and replete with moments of shocking violence. Fans of Asian cinema should not miss it.
Never bad, never boring, but not much of a stretch for Kitano. The transitioning of power to the younger generation of yakuza seems like a passing of the genre baton to younger performers like Ryo Kase, Kippei Shiina, and Tokio Emoto who each make their mark in the film. Whether by studio coercion or a deliberate effort at selling out, we should be so lucky if all mainstream cinema were half as interesting.
Absolutely amazing. Kitano has come along way, even from his greats like Sonatine and Hana-Bi. One of the best films I have seen this year. Beautifully made. The fact that it has no real discernible plot never gets in the way.
4/5 but may make it's way up to 5/5 with another viewing.
Overly convoluted and packed with senseless and boring violence. Some say Kitano was simply spoofing the yakuza films he is so well known for after International critics belittled his more artsy endeavors, but he could have at least made it entertaining!