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.