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Brother (2001)

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Critic Consensus: There is too much hollow bloodshed in Brother, and the characters are stereotypically flat.

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When Yakuza gangster Yamamoto is forcibly retired from his clan after a hostile takeover, he flies from Tokyo to Los Angeles to find his younger half brother Ken, whom he believes he has been financing through college. When he finds that Ken has dropped out of school to run a sloppy drug-dealing operation with his buddy Danny, Yamamoto slaps him on the back of the head in disgust, then shows the motley crew how to take over the LA underworld, Yakuza style. In the most violent ways imaginable, Yamamoto transforms the ragtag gang into a styling posse of professional punishers and schools them in a kamikaze code of honor that puts all other forms of gang bonding to shame.
Rating:
R (for pervasive strong violence, language and brief nudity)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Cast

Omar Epps
as Denny
Masaya Kato
as Shirase
Takeshi Kitano
as Yamamoto
Ren Osugi
as Marada
Ryo Ishibashi
as Ishihara
James Shigeta
as Sugimoto
Tatyana Ali
as Latifa
Koen Okumura
as Hanaoka
Naomasa Musaka
as Hisamatsu
Rino Katase
as Night Club Madame
Makoto Ohtake
as Chief of Police
Tetsuya Watari
as Jinseikai Boss
Ren Murakami
as Minamino
Joy Nakagawa
as Marina
Wanda Lee Evans
as Denny's Mother
Tony Colitti
as Roberto
Koyo Into
as Nishida
Alan Garcia
as Bellboy
Joseph Ragno
as Mafia Boss Rossi
Nynno Ahli
as Oscar
Paul Feddersen
as Limo Driver
Dan Gunther
as Killer Waiter
Robert Covarrubias
as Mexican Mafia Officer
Anthony Vatsula
as Mexican Mafia Officer
Al Vicente
as Victor's Henchman
Luis Angel
as Victor's Henchman
Lobo Sebastian
as Yamamoto Bodyguard
Tomas Chavez
as Victor's Driver
Don Sato
as Sushi Bar Owner
Hideo Kimura
as Sushi Bar Part-Timer
Yayoi Otani
as Sushi Bar Waitress
Tuesday Night
as Prostitute
Yuji Hasegawa
as Whorehouse Customer
Peter Spellos
as Taxi Driver
Jack Ong
as Chinese Boss
Tad Horino
as Coffee Shop Owner
Mike Wu
as Chinese Boss
Alvin Ing
as Doctor
Herschel Sparber
as Geppetti's Bodyguard
John Aprea
as Mafia Boss Geppetti
Christopher Dergregorian
as Mexian Mafia Hitman
Manny Perez
as Mexian Mafia Hitman
Eddie Garcia
as Mexian Mafia Henchman
Rainbow Borden
as Yamamoto's Henchman
Manny Gavino
as Yamamoto's Henchman
Hiroshi Otaguro
as Yamamoto's Henchman
Darryl M. Bell
as Yamamoto's Henchman
Eiji Inoue
as Shirase's Henchman
Akira Kaneda
as Mafia Hitman
Geoff Meed
as Rossi's Bodyguard
Shuhei Saga
as Matsumoto
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Critic Reviews for Brother

All Critics (73) | Top Critics (21)

Kitano's most enjoyable, flat-out fun movie, provided you can stomach the violence.

August 10, 2001
Miami Herald
Top Critic

As an actor and writer-director, Mr. Kitano projects an amused irony that makes his films worth seeing.

Full Review… | August 3, 2001
New York Observer
Top Critic

Just how many acts of self-inflicted finger amputations do I really want to see?

July 27, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

Sure to satisfy fans of the laconic auteur.

Full Review… | July 27, 2001
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Kitano presents all this mayhem in crisp and cool camera work that distances it and keeps it from becoming oppressive.

Full Review… | July 27, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Intriguing though uneven.

July 27, 2001
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Brother

½

When an uncompromising Yakuza leaves Japan to prevent the ignition of a gang war, he joins his brother, a small time drug dealer in America and shocks both his friends and enemies with his ruthless brutality. But when their fledgling organization reaches the attention of the mafia, the cycle of violence soon spirals out of control. Kiteshi Kitano's culture clash gangster movie has the unlikely friendship between his stone-faced and laconic Yakuza and wisecracking petty hustler Omar Epps at it's core, punctuated by explosive bursts of visceral action. It contains his trademark humour, "gangsters at play" and simple yet beautiful direction that relies on stoic imagery and composition rather than the endless dolly shots and pointless colour filters that seem to plague modern cinema. One minor gripe is that Takeshi clearly tempered his vision for the sake of American audiences and his usual uncompromising nihilism is diluted to provide a (semi) happy ending. Not his best, but the familiar US settings and English dialogue make Brother the perfect entry point for anyone unfamiliar with Beat Takeshi's work.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

½

If you don't know Beat Takeshi let me explain; He's a different type of badass. He doesn't have great karate skills or runs around hanging from helicopters and jumping away from explosions in slow motion and what not. Even without a language barrier, he doesn't say much, so he's not really a tough talker. Doesn't even bother trying to look tough. He mostly sits there in sunglasses with an indecipherable look on his face, as if smiling at something...but you're not sure what. When he removes his sunglasses, his eyes are a total blank, so they don't really help at all. He's somewhat a friendly, joking kind of guy, like a friendly old neighbor, but he's also really good at punching you in the kidney with a knife, or hiding guns in places so he can pop them out and shoot a room full of people before they can think what to do. While some people might argue that this film is too commercial and lacks the artistic value of other films I'd later see from the director, what has not changed is Kitano's love in exploring the complexity of human choice under extreme condition. The film has a charm all its' own and would be an ideal place to start if curious about the world of Takeshi Kitano as he points towards a new direction for the yakuza genre. Photobucket

El Hombre Invisible
El Hombre Invisible

Super Reviewer

Takeshi Kitano creates a peculiar, paused, funny, highly violent but somewhat touching clash between the eastern and western underworld.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

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