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Violent Cop [DVD]
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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.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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!!
While its great to have it on DVD, the lack of subtitles spoils the film.
There really aren't enough subtitles here!
As it transpired, Kitano turned out to be an inspired choice and while not his finest film, many of the future trademarks are there. Stillness. Long frame holds in close up. Sudden explosions of (completely unglorified) violence, between long periods of seeming inactivity (count how long it takes him to cross the bridge). And of course, critically, the way Kitano the actor, allows himself be be portrayed by Kitano the director; impassive and largely unsympathetic.
Based on the book by Hisashi Nozawa, who also wrote the screenplay, the film tells the tale of Detective Azuma (kitano), who dispenses violence on those he feels deserve it. The comparisons to Eastwood's "Dirty Harry" can certainly be made (rogue cop, junior partner, difficult private life, implacable adversary) but they feel very different and without any of Eastwood's early vanity. And I'm not sure how Eastwood would have felt about being party to such an ending.
I won't give away the plot, only to say that it plays out in almost two distinct parts, initially almost comedic before becoming something much darker.
Finally, perhaps someone should offer Graham Norton a directing gig. Who knows.......
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very good movies of takeshi original cop violent powerful bloody and intensivePublished 18 months ago by madlaurent
How can you produce a DVD in a language that most people don't speak, and provide it with these kind of subtitles? They skipped complete dialogues. This is just stupid! Read morePublished on 1 May 2014 by Käufer01
That's why I havn't given it a full 5 stars. I don't know whether the subtitles that ARE in it are acurate, as I don't know much Japanese. Read morePublished on 16 Dec. 2013 by Darren Simpson
not a very good film poor story and not very good acting not one to buy also english subtitles avoid itPublished on 12 Aug. 2013 by norman neillll his
I couldn't believe how bad the subtitles were on this movie. They miss out whole sections of the dialogue. Read morePublished on 8 Aug. 2012 by cheepnis
Whoever subbed this movie should never be allowed to sub another movie. Perfect way to ruin a very good movie by not subbing nearly half of the spoken sentences. Read morePublished on 4 Jan. 2009 by Fallschirmjaeger