VIOLENT COP remains a stunning debut feature. It must have genuinely stunned, being as it is a fierce and destabilizing portrait of cold and cruel gangland warfare, as good as if not better than anything by Kinji Fukasaku (who was originally meant to direct it), directed by an ever-present comedian and TV personality. And of course it is funny, gleefully so (if nonetheless resolutely deadpan). A master arrives.
Or "Believed Violent," (a better title). "Dirty Harry" with consequences, populated with archetypes who bleed. It's marvelously, meticulously composed, and elegantly photographed, but it also plays fast and loose; invigoratingly unpredictable and stirringly nihilistic. Kitano has since dismissed his powerful debut as amateurish, but it is truly anything but. A masterpiece.
Pas le meilleur Kitano. On aime les personnages, on aime retrouver ce personnage hirsute, qui emmerde tout, violent mais avec une droiture bien à lui. Mise en scène rien de folichon et un scénario qui s'emmêle un peu.
Kitano's first work is a mindblowing study into the nurture of violence, in it's mechanisms, it's social context and it's reproduction. With a more than almost deterministic chain of cause&effect Kitano pushes us down the road, constantly showing recripocal, structural character of violence. There is no crime movie, no riddles, just violence - and a masterpiece of perspective.
Loved the way Kitano has characters remain motionless and blank for extended periods of time. This isn't the tense anticipation of Leone's stares, or the empty boredom of Fassbinder's characters; for Kitano, it's like these characters just become frozen in time, like they've become a painting or a sculpture. It's hard to put into words... My first Kitano film, overall pretty average, but i'm looking forward to more..
Amateurish from start to finish. Ridiculously long takes that seem like padding for time, overall flat acting, especially from Kitano, strange writing cul-de-sacs, one-dimensional characters and an overall tone confusion exacerbated by odd soundtrack choices.