Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 74


Audience Score

User Ratings: 8,708
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Movie Info

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.

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Omar Epps
as Denny
Masaya Kato
as Shirase
Ren Osugi
as Marada
Ryo Ishibashi
as Ishihara
James Shigeta
as Sugimoto
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
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
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

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Audience Reviews for Brother

  • Apr 12, 2008
    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 I Super Reviewer
  • Feb 09, 2008
    Takeshi Kitano creates a peculiar, paused, funny, highly violent but somewhat touching clash between the eastern and western underworld.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer
  • Jan 27, 2008
    As ever, the first order of business for Takeshi Kitano, director, is ensuring that Takeshi Kitano, actor, looks cool at all times. In this particular vanity-project he plays a Yakuza exiled to the United States, who rises through the underworld ranks to become a powerful mob boss -- much like Pacino's Tony Montana in "Scarface" -- before an ill-advised war with the Mafia brings his empire crashing down. Also like "Scarface", the nature of Kitano's business once he's hit the big-time is very superficially sketched, jettisoned in favour of painfully unfunny culture-clash comedy, excruciating sentimentality and a lot of honourable Yakuza self-mutilation. The absence of plot leaves one plenty of time to reflect whether Kitano's anti-heroes would be quite so laconic if he were a better actor. "Brother" is indifferently acted, as unattractively photographed as a TV movie, and it has a ghastly, maudlin jazz soundtrack. Of the half-dozen Kitano movies I've seen, this is the worst.
    Stephen M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 01, 2007
    A compendium of ideas that Kitano has previously explored, and with far better results, in Sonatine, Violent Cop and Hana Bi. Not a bad effort per se, it just feels like a long deja vu, and eventually becomes just a shooting gallery for Kitano. Don't get me wrong, watching Kitano killing gangster after gangster can be fun, but it can also get repetitive after a while.
    Tsubaki S Super Reviewer

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