Pretty entertaining film. Studied it in my Japanese film class; the discussion we had surrounding the film enhanced and affirmed my appreciation of the film. pretty masterful writing on display here with lots of interesting themes; particularly the one involving the placement of the Yakuza in everyday Japanese culture, which is touched on pretty prominently in this film. Reccommended.
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.
Supposedly he was forced to make this after his string of more personal films didn't set the box office aflame. Hence this deadpan attack on the yakuza genre, really just an absurd (and tedious) series of offenses and reprisals. Oddly, it plays something like a Japanese equivalent of Larry Bishop's famously bad gangster oddity "Mad Dog Time."
Far from his best work, but as always, his sense of timing is so muted yet somehow so unexpectedly funny, his rigid formalism so amazingly cool and collected, his photography so tight and rich, and his acting so dead pan yet so profoundly watchable that it’s impossible not to enjoy it. (Beware of the borderline racist portrayal of an African diplomat in a tired subplot).
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.
Great Kitano's Yakuza movie... Long time no see Yakuza Eiga movie, and this one make me feel excited!!! It gave me the strenght to re-watch all kitano's movie i ever seen like Kids Return, Sonatine etc... Probably a little too long about his developpement but it was cold, violent and some of black humor !! I can't wait his next ;)