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Outrage (2011)



Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 8

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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

Jan 31, 2012


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How can anyone can get excited over something so grim and redundant?

March 7, 2012 Full Review Source: The Atlantic
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It's a gangster story, told well, with no punches pulled.

January 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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Kitano is clearly enjoying his powers as a master of the form, and the movie invites the viewer to share in his enjoyment.

January 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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It's like a version of "Cinema Paradiso" where all the murders were saved up by a censor and strung together for a bloodbath.

January 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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True Kitano fans will find its title sadly ironic.

December 16, 2011 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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It's retaliation without foundation, all fun and games until everyone gets hurt.

December 16, 2011 Full Review Source:
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Not particularly impassioned, but I suspect my indifferent, numbed reaction is rather sort of the point.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin

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

March 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

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.

January 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Functions more as a reminder of past glories than as a harbinger of new concepts.

December 30, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

A swift kick in the soft parts sure to release some holiday tension.

December 14, 2011 Full Review Source:

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.

December 14, 2011 Full Review Source:

Be warned that this is a violent movie, even for a gangster film, and Kitano relishes in depicting his characters' ruthlessness.

December 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

.. '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.'

December 9, 2011 Full Review Source: CinemaDope

Kitano's gangsters display enough ambition to make Macbeth blush.

December 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

A masterpiece of denied expectations - every act of vengeance happens too late to satisfy but just in time to spark more.

December 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

If a bracing brew of criminal connivance and exquisite bloodletting is to your liking, Takeshi certainly provides it.

December 5, 2011 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
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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.
December 3, 2011
Tsubaki Sanjuro

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Takeshi Kitano is back in Yakuza mode for Outrage - Notice how I didn't say 'Back to doing what he does best' though because as much as I love his violent gangster films, I also love his innocent and more artistic films, such as Hana-bi, Kikujiro and A Scene at the Sea. That aside, after his excellent Zatoichi remake and the fascinating experimental self-struggle that was Takeshis' - Outrage is probably what his hardcore following wanted (and I include myself in that demographic). It's not quite on par with Sonatine but it's better than your average Yakuza film, better and much more violent. It's very violent in fact but then no one does tender one minute and violent the next like Kitano. Rest assure though Beat fans, this may not be another Sonatine but it certainly isn't another Brother. Also, if you're new to the world of Takeshi, this isn't the worst place to start as long as you're not scared of a little blood!
November 29, 2011

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    1. Ôtomo (as Beat Takeshi): Surrender?
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    1. Ôtomo (as Beat Takeshi): I risked my life for your orders! Now you take my turf?
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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