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  • Actors: Takeshi Kitano, Maiko Kawakami, Makoto Ashikawa, Shirô Sano, Sei Hiraizumi
  • Directors: Takeshi Kitano
  • Writers: Takeshi Kitano, Hisashi Nozawa
  • Producers: Akinori Kuroda, Kazuyoshi Okuyama, Shôzô Ichiyama, Takio Yoshida, Toshio Nabeshima
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Lighthouse
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Dec. 2001
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005RZT1
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,908 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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'Beat' Takeshi is a renegade cop of the Dirty Harry genre. He gets into some nasty situations with drug cartels, and one merciless Yazuka kidnaps his sister. However, Beat is not scared to confront a hairy situation head on.

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Violent Cop ("Sono otoko kyobo ni tsuki") is the first film directed by Takeshi "Beat" Kitano, the Japanese star who began as a stand-up comedian on television. It's a Dirty Harry-type tale of a cop whose overly muscular methods are disapproved of by his superiors. When his partner is killed by the local Mr Big, Azuma (Kitano) goes into action, along with a new sidekick he initiates into the ways of the world. Dismissed from the force, Azuma carries on his one-man campaign, despite his sister's being forcibly drugged and raped by the gang. The violence is graphic, but what's most engaging about the film is Kitano's acting. He's an unlikely hero with his bow-legged walk and the face of a punch-drunk boxer, but his low-key style, a counterpart to the explosive violence, is always cool and it's easy to see why he's such a cult figure.--Ed Buscombe

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By grr on 3 Jun. 2005
Format: DVD
i LOVE takeshi kitano films....but this has to have the worst subtitles i have ever seen. and i have seen plenty of foreign language movies! there is a lot of stuff missing and i'm sure that it would enrich the story. my japanese is pretty lame but i could still pick up some glaring omissions!!
i'd say the movie starts off fairly light hearted, with a typical over the top, dirty harry-esque cop (beat takeshi) beating up criminals and looking after his younger sister..... and then gets more and more violent and dark. its almost like a disease, with the corruption spreading and new crime bosses springing from the ashes of the fallen. plus theres all the drugs and a pyscho gangster hitman, a necessity in this kind of film.
the bonus features on the dvd are okaaay...serves as a good basic introduction to beat takeshi's work. if this is your first beat takeshi film don't be put off by the awful subs! get his other movies too - look at the useful filmography!
the movie is worth 4/5 stars but this dvd is...pants with these subs. so i'll give it 3/5. love beat takeshi too much to be any harsher!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S Ablett on 17 July 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This film seems to be pretty good but the overall effect is spoiled but its having the worst subtitles ever. It would seem that, at best, only around one in every three sentences is titled, which means that you might get the answer to a question but not the question itself (or vice versa). In parts, whole conversation sequences go by with no indication of what's being said. So I guess, unless you speak Japanese, I would recommend not buying this version. Pity really.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Nov. 2001
Format: DVD
..equal that is in stature - the style is something completely different. Takeshi's style is to mix moments of contemplative calm and cinematograpy, (allowing the camera to tell its own story rather than the Hollywood way of the characters telling it for you) - with sudden bursts of violence. Whats even more astonishing is that the violence is so realistic. And its also very darkly funny - those of you who laughed at the violence in goodfella's will find this endlessly amusing. One of the best films I've seen, and in my reckoing its "beat" Takeshi's best. After this try the excellent "Boiling Point" & "Sonatine".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By HA on 18 Jun. 2007
Format: DVD
There are many subtitles missing from this edition which spoils the film because some of the character's quirks are not realised because of these omissions.

While its great to have it on DVD, the lack of subtitles spoils the film.

There really aren't enough subtitles here!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel S. on 14 Mar. 2003
Format: DVD
VIOLENT COP is the first movie directed by japanese actor/director Takeshi Kitano in 1989 and the film is a very good surprise for the Film Noir amateur. As often in japanese movies, silences are more meaningful than dialogs but physical violence is filmed with a scalpel objective when necessary.
The movie is resolutely pessimistic from its first scene to the last images. The first minutes of VIOLENT COP will make you feel very uneasy, the director destroying in two scenes the universal phantasm of the innocence of childhood. In order to let the audience breathe a little, Kitano brings a little humor in the relations between the old cop and its new partner, a rookie who has chosen to learn the job by following him.
Takeshi Kitano has without a doubt a style of his own and the final duel involving all the characters still alive is a piece of anthology that stands masterfully the comparison with the final à la John Woo or à la Quentin Tarantino that have invaded our screens from the beginning of the 90's on.
A DVD zone Dirty Harry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M Waddington on 3 Jun. 2015
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I loved this movie. Violent, bleak, blackly humourous in parts. Classic Kitano. However, I can only post these views after buying the Second Sight version of this film (2009). That version is full screen widescreen and has a wonderful documentary special feature "Takeshi Kitano: The Unpredictable", which features an extended interview with Kitano filmed over a series of days. Most importantly though, the Second Sight version of this DVD has COMPLETE subtitles. The Tokyo Bullet version (1998) of this movie on the other hand has an image with a big black border all the way around it, no documentary special feature and the subtitles are TERRIBLE. Not only are there big chinks of subtitles missing, but the words that are there, when compared to the Second Sight release, don't seem to come close to being a true representation of what is being said (I don't speak Japanese obviously so I can't be certain, but the story makes a lot more sense in the Second Sight version).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Holloway on 18 Mar. 2006
Format: DVD
I was persuaded to watch this film by my boyfriend, who likes Japanese and Korean films. I looked at the title and thought, "Oh dear". However, once the film started I was engrossed. The film is, of course, violent, but the violence is not gratuitous as I had expected it to be. The film is actually quite amusing in parts: the cop of the film's title is funny due to his unorthodox methods and the scenes showing people from afar when they walk also made me laugh because of their randomness. Although I had predicted a couple of the things that happened in the final scene, I was still surprised by the ending. Well worth a watch. Although the subtitles are a little thin on the ground, the untranslated sentences do not need explanation anyway, as the meaning is obvious from the actor's expression and the context of the scene. In my opinion, too many subtitles can be worse that too few and lessen the viewer's enjoyment of a film.
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