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This review is from: Outrage [DVD] (DVD)
I own only the Japanese DVD (which has English subtitles, but image details can succumb to moire patterning), so these are comments on the movie itself, not the UK release.
What has happened to Takeshi Kitano in the decade since 'Zatoichi', his much-deserved critical and commercial triumph? In that film he successfully counterbalanced seriousness and shocking violence with humour and humanity (as Scorsese also did in 'Goodfellas', say). By contrast, 'Outrage' offers unleavened brutality.
Gone is the stoicism of 'Sonatine', replaced with shouting and sadism. It's as if Kitano's character is the unholy yakuza offspring of Don Logan from 'Sexy Beast' and Nicky Santoro from 'Casino'! Unfortunately, no-one explained to him there are reasons why those characters, however memorable, have only *supporting* roles in their respective movies.
I note that 'Outrage' begins with the Warner Bros logo -- presumably it is an international co-production, as was another below-par Kitano picture, 2000's 'Brother'. But 'Brother' benefited from a jazzy Joe Hisaishi score at least!
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Initial post: 16 May 2013 14:24:06 BDT
Rob Simpson says:
100% agreed. Kitano used to be one of my favourite film-makers, but with his Kitano trilogy and this I have a hard time saying I'm a fan, anymore. That being said, early reports do suggest the sequel to Outrage - Outrage Beyond - is more of a return to form. *Fingers Crossed*
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Last edited by the author on 17 Nov 2014 00:52:18 GMT
Re-visit Brother, it's great. But yes, Outrage is a terrible parody. I half think it is a direct result of mainstream audiences not understanding his early films and calling them violent gangster films, when they are so much more and some simply can't be called either such as Hana-Bi and The Third and Fourth of October. So this time it seemed he wanted to make a film parodying what people say his films are. Mindless violence and gangsters. This film was really over the top and I can't think of any other explanation for it other than a "if this is what you say I am, this is what you will get" mentality.
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