This brilliant Yakuza film, is beautifully shot, sociopathic, amoralistic and brutally violent. Only Takeshi Kitano can make a completely silent opening shot, so powerful, combined with the sparse dialogue, extreme and realistic violence, great performances, and beautiful set design. This film is everything you want from a Japanese Yakuza film, and is so far removed from the Hollywood moralistic narratives. This particular film of Kitano's does add a little twist and additions to the Yakuza genre, mingling some American gangster influences into it. Overall a great film, but don't watch if you're squeamish or are only comfortable with Hollywood's happy endings.