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This is a story largely made up of scenes of men talking in offices, but without the delicious and satirical sense of a whole-cloth gangster world set apart by its own rhythms and internalized rituals of violence ...
Kitano's considerable gifts as a screenwriter and stylist-namely, his talent for staging violent outbursts and conveying narrative through elliptical cuts-are enough to sustain the film as a twisty, cynical underworld yarn.
"Beyond Outrage" fails to live up to its title as Japanese superstar Takeshi Kitano can't find much in the way of fresh ideas for the genre.
An intelligently composed, crisply edited, sometimes amusing but otherwise unremarkable cross/double cross gangster picture.
The strategy and strategizing of "Beyond Outrage" ... feel like overkill (if you'll pardon the expression).
The narrative haze clears eventually, and the action-dialogue ratio balances out with a succession of swift, punchy setpieces.
The tension between the past and the future leads to lots and lots of brilliantly edited (the genius of the movie) violence. In the end, no one loses and no one wins
Another cash-grab that unfortunately wears its cheapness on its sleeve.
What prevails throughout Beyond Outrage is a rigorous, downbeat classicism.
Plays like a movie made for Takeshi devotees and super fans of the genre at the expense of everyone else.
The movie as a whole feels cynical and exhausted.
Kitano still packs a punch these days, deftly blending extended dialogue sequences with harrowing moments of hostility, crafting a worthy follow-up to an unexpectedly engrossing picture.
This is a pretty good follow up to Outrage. I really don't remember much from the original, but I do remember very much liking the film. Part of the problem sometimes with these Asian crime films is that there's so many characters and so much going on and so many names to remember, that following the story becomes a pointless experience. For some reason, though, this movie is incredibly easy to follow story and character-wise. It's pretty much about this corrupt cop scheming to get various yakuza families at war with each other in order to make his job easier. I think the main problem with the film is that the pacing makes this film, sometimes, a tedious experience. They wait about 30 minutes before introducing Otomo, as he's really the catalyst, or at least the cop is hoping, for this war to take place. I think the film could've told the same story in 95 minutes and the film would've been better for it, better paced ane more concise. That's my opinion at least. Still I find movies like this cool, cause while I doubt the film portraya the yakuza as realistically as it could, it's fun seeing the differences between crime organizations all throughout the world. So that's always fun in my opinion. And the climax was excellent where it looks like the corrupt cop is gonna get away with his plan of destroying all the yakuza families that have been pestering him. Of course, he doesn't but seeing how he ends up is part of the fun. This is a good movie, that has some pacing issues but that doesn't really hurt the film that much. It's still a good movie with a compelling story to back it up.
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