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  • Actors: Takeshi 'Beat' Kitano, Hakuryu
  • Directors: Takeshi 'Beat' Kitano
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: 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: Second Sight
  • DVD Release Date: 11 May 2009
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001VIR81O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,487 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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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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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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..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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"Violent Cop" is well known as the beginning of Kitano's directorial career. In 1988, famed director Kinji Fukasaku had to withdraw from the project. In stepped Kitano, far better known as a TV chat show host, author and comedian, to take over the reins. Whomever gave the green light to this idea at the time was either a genius or a lunatic. Maybe both. The former because it gave a unique talent his first break. Potentially a lunatic, however, because in the UK it would be something akin to replacing a modern day David Lean in the director's chair with Graham Norton! It sounds ridiculous but it is comparable. I wonder what the Japanese thought at the time?

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.

Recommended.

Finally, perhaps someone should offer Graham Norton a directing gig. Who knows.......
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