3-4x juugatsu (Boiling Point) (1990)
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There is little in the way of John Woo-style action setpieces in a Kitano movie.
Audience Reviews for 3-4x juugatsu (Boiling Point)
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.
A slow witted garage attendant travels to Okinawa to buy a gun when his friend gets into trouble with the local Yakuza. Even by Kateshi Kitano's understated standards, Boiling Point is a very ponderous affair. It has all the usual elements; the stoic but beautiful direction, the wide streak of very black humour and collection of oddball characters set within the world of violent men but to be honest, it only really gets going once Kitano himself appears on the screen. His obnoxious, sexually ambiguous psychotic gangster is easily the best thing about the film and it's a real shame he isn't in it more. The other actors all acquit themselves quite well, and it shows this collection of men used to getting their own way through violence are little more than a bunch of emotionally retarded, spoilt children with guns but in the end, when Takeshi isn't on the screen it feels like screen time wasted. Not his best, but it's still an amusing look into the life of a Japanese gangster but I'd begin somewhere else if you're looking for a starting point into Beat Takeshi's work.
The movie as a whole moves along at a steady pace, although not action packed you never feel that labored feeling that some may get if they are
expecting one. The conclusion is well implemented, and although I'm mostly disenchanted with twist endings, Takeshi Kitano's Boiling
Point uses one in such a way, that depending on how you interpret it, could either be taken as a twist or a type of storytelling technique which I would describe if it wouldn't ruin it.
Considered by some as the "black sheep" of his career, Boiling Point is still very much worth watching.
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