In a ruthless battle for power, several yakuza clans vie for the favor of their head family in the Japanese underworld. The rival bosses seek to rise through the ranks by scheming and making allegiances sworn over saké. Long-time yakuza Otomo has seen his kind go from elaborate body tattoos and severed fingertips to becoming important players on the stock market. Theirs is a never-ending struggle to end up on top, or at least survive, in a corrupt world where there are no heroes but constant betrayal and vengeance. -- (C) Magnet Releasing … More
- R (for strong brutal bloody violence throughout, language, a scene of sexuality and some nudity)
- Drama , Art House & International , Mystery & Suspense
- Directed By:
- Takeshi Kitano
- Written By:
- Takeshi Kitano
- In Theaters:
- Dec 2, 2011 Limited
- On DVD:
- Jan 31, 2012
- Box Office:
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Critic Reviews for Outrage
Not particularly impassioned, but I suspect my indifferent, numbed reaction is rather sort of the point.
It is almost as though Kitano is saying that nothing can stop him from defeating the rivals, successors and pretenders who, in his absence, have tried to move in on his (generic) turf
Happily, Outrage is super-cool; it's inventive, funny, and shocking enough that it really doesn't matter much where Kitano has been. He's back now.
Kitano is clearly enjoying his powers as a master of the form, and the movie invites the viewer to share in his enjoyment.
It's like a version of "Cinema Paradiso" where all the murders were saved up by a censor and strung together for a bloodbath.
Functions more as a reminder of past glories than as a harbinger of new concepts.
It's retaliation without foundation, all fun and games until everyone gets hurt.
A swift kick in the soft parts sure to release some holiday tension.
The film's engine chugs away, keeping up the solidly enjoyable frenzy of cruelty, with gangster turnover taking place so fast, so furiously that at times it's tough keep the alliances and betrayals straight.
Be warned that this is a violent movie, even for a gangster film, and Kitano relishes in depicting his characters' ruthlessness.
.. 'Macbeth' by way of 'Goodfellas,' a labyrinthine game of cat-and-mouse bathed in buckets of the red stuff ... a funny, subversive assault on the crime genre. Kitano's best since 'Sonatine.'
Kitano leaves it up to us to connect the dots. Unfortunately, he seems to get bored before he's done, and so do we.
A masterpiece of denied expectations - every act of vengeance happens too late to satisfy but just in time to spark more.
If a bracing brew of criminal connivance and exquisite bloodletting is to your liking, Takeshi certainly provides it.
The longer Outrage goes on, the more distance it gets from its core themes about the moral chaos of gangsterism. It becomes a film about cool killings, which may satisfy the bloodlust of some Kitano fans but hardly amounts to a return to form.
Audience Reviews for Outrage
Nobody retires of old age in this profession, the rituals of "brotherhood" are just another form of lying. Kitano visits once more the theme of yakuza as "manchilds", but it feels he's just going trough the motions of the genre. The violence feels dry, and not as effective or meaningful. Kitano's average effort is still better than most gangster flicks out there, but feel no rush to see this one.More
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