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Violent Cop

Sono otoko, kyôbô ni tsuki | その男、凶暴につき

Directed by Takeshi Kitano
Japan, 1989
Action, Crime, Drama


Rogue homicide detective Azuma takes on a sadistic crime syndicate, only to discover widespread internal corruption in the police force. Facing criminal charges for his “Dirty Harry”-type methods, Azuma finds himself caught in a web of betrayal that sends him on a bloody trail of vengeance.

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Violent Cop Directed by Takeshi Kitano

Awards & Festivals

Awards of the Japanese Academy

1990 | Winner: Most Popular Performer

1990 | Nominee: Best Actor

It’s the clashes between Kitano’s still, protracted, and quiet “default” style with unexpected camera movements, cuts, and noises that make these explosions—of comedy and/or violence—burst into being.
February 03, 2020
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Kitano crafted a style that oscillated between deadpan poetry and bursts of surreal violence, using his own stoic (but somehow still strangely expressive) visage as both aesthetic and narrative device.
October 11, 2018
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As vicious as its title suggests, Violent Cop nonetheless boasts a wit typical of its director/star Takeshi “Beat” Kitano, a former stand-up comedian who laces his behind-the-camera debut—which he took the reins of after the initial director backed out—with a dry humor that enhances its bleak brutality.
September 25, 2013
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