As the police launch a full-scale crackdown on organized crime, it ignites a national yakuza struggle between the Sanno of the East and Hanabishi of the West. What started as an internal strife in Outrage has now become a nationwide war in Outrage Beyond.
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FNC '12 After the middling first installment I'm happy to report that Kitano is back with his best yakuza offering since 'Hana-Bi". The script is top notch in its intriques and double dealings offering up betrayals of Shakespearean proportions. Violent but more focused on story. Fumiyo Kohinata is aces as the corrupt detective and figures into the finale in such a satisfying way. A total surprise.
Some critics claimed the first "Outrage" was so gruesome, it should have been labeled a horror movie instead of a gangster flick. Whether due to that criticism or simply his own personal preference, director Takeshi Kitano has scaled back the violence for "Outrage Beyond," placing the emphasis on backroom dealings and the various machinations of the plot. The result is a much more 'respectable' but staid followup.
The first Outrage reworked the Yakuza subgenre to show the syndicate not being about the typical value of 'honor', but betrayal. It took the climax of The Godfather and stretched it out for nearly the whole movie, thus, it had no story and was very plot heavy. This sequel starts out slower, but is still heavy in plot, and has very little story before it dives into the action. It's simply no different than the first.