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Brother [DVD] [2001]

Takeshi Kitano , Claude Maki , Takeshi Kitano    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Takeshi Kitano, Claude Maki, Omar Epps, Masaya Katô, Susumu Terajima
  • Directors: Takeshi Kitano
  • Writers: Takeshi Kitano
  • Producers: Ann Carli, Jeremy Thomas, Masayuki Mori, Peter Watson, Shinji Komiya
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Vci
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Jan 2003
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005AFLY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,312 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Disgraced Yazuka hard-man Yamamoto (Takeshi Kitano) leaves Japan and heads for Los Angeles, ready to hook up with his half-brother Ken (Claude Maki), a small-time drug dealer. Before long it's business as usual, with Yamamoto joining forces with Ken and fellow criminal Denny (Omar Epps), and settling back into his old routine of terrorising and killing rival gang members. However, as the Yakuza presence grows in size and strength, the Mafia are called in to deal with them, and a bloody battle ensues.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A sick explosion of violence and brutality. 14 Mar 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Takeshi Katano isn't very well known in this country, all though he should be, like in his native Japan, where he is somewhat of a superstar. In none of his films is he ever reserved about displaying gut wrenching violence for the sake of realism, and this is no exception.
Brother takes you through a roller-coaster of emotions, from being intrigued right from the start, to being disgusted by some of the violence, to being shocked by the mad-as-a-brush plot, to being in fits of laughter at the subtle humour of the cute Japanese director who stars in the film himself.
Despite some poor acting early on, which you learn to see through, to the pure genious of the hard to follow story line, which i still dont fully inderstand, but this is not a fault of the director, more that there are so many themes running through it, that it can be watched over and over with increasing enthusiasm.
The film climaxes with a macabre ending, true to the style of Takeshi (Hana-Bi anyone?) that leaves you stunned and gasping for more, although you've probably had enough. Although violent, the film is in no way mindless and tackles some very deep points, mainly of the brotherhood of the yakuza and what it means to everyone concerned.
I would deffinately recomend this to any type of film watcher, but be warned.... over exposure could lead to an overwhelming urge to cut off your finger.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Up to standard, despite what others may say 18 Aug 2001
Brother is *not* the compromise that some suggest, and is very much a worthy contribution to the oeuvre that contains two of the greatest films ever made: Sonatine and Hana-Bi. Yes, it is sickeningly violent at some points, but it surrounds the kind of violence that one sees regularly in Hollywood action movies with an entirely Un-American structure of social brotherhood and honour. If Kikujiro is your favourite Takeshi film, avoid ;O)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick Reviews! 9 Sep 2007
By carlosnightman VINE VOICE
Kitano comes to America and again shows he is one of the best, most versatile and underrated (in the West) directors. Brother has a lot of action, violence, humour, and style but Kitano still finds time for his usual existential ponderings and quiet, contemplative scenes. It is a film about comradeship, about overcoming racial (amongst others) boundaries to gain respect and friendship.

Kitano stars, with shades, as Aniki Yamamoto a Japanese Yakuza member famed for his abilities, loyalty, and strengths. He is forced to leave the country and goes to America in search of a younger brother he has not seen in years. There he realises that his brother is a small-time gangster, and that he can help his gang to become the most powerful in the city. Soon he sparks up an unlikely friendship between himself and his brother's gang and earns their respect by his coolness under pressure and knowledge of the trade. His plan works well, but soon other local gangsters decide to team up against him leading to death, revenge, and honour.

Again there is more said in a single glance than by five minutes of dialogue, though Kitano realises the difference between West and East in this regard, and the Americans are shouty from the start. There is the usual sadness throughout the film which permeates most of Kitano's work, but there is plenty of humour too. Kitano gives another cool performance, Epps is good as Denny, as is Maki as Kitano's brother Ken who has become Americanised. The violence is not as shocking as in his other films, but is just as sudden, fast, and meaningful. There are few directors around at the moment with this style- emotionally strong, character driven stories with stylish violence, and Kitano is one of the even fewer who can repeatedly pull it off.

The DVD has a couple of interesting extras which add to the value and viewing experience. At under a tenner, it's a worthy addition to fans of Asian and World cinema
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4.0 out of 5 stars Takeshi Kitano does it again. 26 Jan 2004
Format:VHS Tape
From the very start of this film it is apparent that it is one of the most horrifically violent films you will easily come across. Though it is a bit of a departure compared to earlier Beat takeshi films(hana-bi for example), you won't be dissapointed to find out that it does deliver on more than just the body count. As a story of loyalty and honour among brothers and friends in a seemingly corrupt and morally purged, post samurai world, it is touching and thought provoking.
Some of the acting, especially in the english dialogue scenes can be fairly poor at times, the directing and plot more than make up for it.
If you like non-linear eastern films and western action/violence, then you should deffinately give this a try.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another masterpiece 8 Aug 2002
By A Customer
Yes, Kitano does it again. Another masterpiece from the niponic director. All the marks are here: the scarce dialogue, the minimalism, the rigorous cinematography, the stylization of violence, the use of colours (red, of course, but black like the suits, and blue as the sky). But Kitano manages to gives "more of the same" without ever being a maneirist, without repeating himself in some sure clichés.
Great dvd edition, with some good extras: the interview with Kitano is revealing.
Good value for your money!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Minimal...Stylish...Avid Viewing! 24 Aug 2001
By A Customer
This is an excellent DVD release. Indeed it represents what DVD is all about, i.e a chance to see a film from a foreign director, with excellent picture and amazing sound.
The sound is worth talking about because it is used sparingly throughout the film (indeed a few scenes are completely silent) but when it does kick! 8-) Nice change from run-of-the-mill Hollywood flicks which bombard the viewer all the time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
really good kitano film its got more action than some of his other movies and is about honour and the yakuza it has a really good documentary about beat takeshi everyone should... Read more
Published 23 days ago by peter mckain
3.0 out of 5 stars oh brother
I enjoyed the first half of the film. But, for me, the film lost momentum and faded. I liked the gungho attitude of the main character. Blowing away anyone who stood in his way. Read more
Published 9 months ago by japbike1000
5.0 out of 5 stars O Brother
Brilliant film, love it.
Excellent seller, as described and sent well within the given dates, Happy to use ZOVERSTOCK again.
Published 10 months ago by SpaceSpider
4.0 out of 5 stars People miss the point.
It's Kitano's foray into the American market and it's a very decent watch. I think people unfairly criticise the film. Read more
Published 22 months ago by P. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars More than just a violent gangster flick
Brother is the story of a Yakuza underboss exiled to America when the head of his family is assassinated. Read more
Published on 8 Feb 2012 by beovar
5.0 out of 5 stars mad and bad, you want him to be your dad
Another great Beat Takeshi film about the Yakuza and like all Japanese films is bizarre enough to keep you watching just to see what happens next, definitely recommend this for a... Read more
Published on 13 Oct 2010 by Si "Freddie" Hatfield
3.0 out of 5 stars emperors new clothes
The trademark stylings of Kitano are all here but set against a sterile backdrop and cut and paste supporting characters this hybrid jap/LA gangsta flick ala SCARFACE but half as... Read more
Published on 20 April 2010 by John Tearney
5.0 out of 5 stars See it!
I have seen all of his films and in my opinion this is the best film that Beat Takeshi / Takeshi Kitano has produced. Read more
Published on 23 Nov 2008 by Londoner
4.0 out of 5 stars Something New
Well, This Film is not too bad...I was not sure what influence it would have on me, as Ive watched Many Takashi Kitano Film's. Read more
Published on 26 Dec 2005 by Mr. James Kirkman Roberts
4.0 out of 5 stars What's the problem?
I don't know what the problem is with those reviewers on this site that have been so negative about this film. Read more
Published on 4 May 2005 by Chainsaw Charlie
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