Takeshi Kitano's second feature is nearly as powerful as his first. 'Boiling point' (3-4 x Juugastu) tells the story of isolated teenage protagonist Masaki as he travels to Okinawa in order to purchase a gun to kill the local Yakuza. Upon his arrival Masaki finds himself in the company of Uehara (Played perfected by Kitano) a sociopathic mobster who manipulates, assaults and sodomises unrepentantly.
Tonally 'Boiling Point' is similar to Kitano's début feature 'Violent Cop'; characters remain largely expressionless and outbursts of violence are intertwined throughout the story in a nihilistic fashion giving the film an overall existential feeling (much like 'VC'). Another similarity between the films is the likeness drawn between characters; Masaki's actions often feel similar to Uehara's and ultimately the two feel as if they are in search of the same thing.
'Boiling Point' is engaging and intriguing, Kitano's ability to convey a perpetual state of emptiness in an interesting fashion is unmatched and the splashes of dark humour add to the dreamlike nature of the film in a positive way. Despite all the positives the film's climax lacks the same potency as 'Violent Cop's and is therefore hard to recommend above it.