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Beyond Outrage (2014)

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With BEYOND OUTRAGE, action cinema master Takeshi Kitano returns to the hard boiled characters, black comedy and unflinching violence of his crime masterpiece OUTRAGE. This time, a manipulative police crackdown on organized crime has ignited a tricky power struggle in the yakuza underworld. The Sanno crime family has grown into a massive organization dominated by young executives whose new approach to running the family is causing frustration and pent-up resentment with the old-guard members. This vulnerability in the Sanno hierarchy is exactly what anti-gang detective Kataoka has been looking for, as the police force prepares a full-scale crackdown. Kataoka wants start a war between Sanno and the neighboring Hanabishi crime family in the hopes that they destroy each other. His trump card is Otomo (Kitano) - the rumored-dead boss of a defunct family that was destroyed by the Sanno, who has just been released from prison. Otomo wants to retire from a life of crime, but finds himself drawn back in through Kataoka's manipulations as the Sanno and Hanabishi clans teeter on the brink of an all-out war. (c) Magnet

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Cast

Ryo Kase
as Ishihara - Underboss of the Sanno
Toshiyuki Nishida
as Nishino - Underboss of the Hanabishi
Shun Sugata
as Okamoto
Tomokazu Miura
as Kato - Chairman of the Sanno
Akira Nakao
as Tomita - Sanno old-guard Executive
Shigeru Koyama
as Fuse - Chairman of the Hanabishi
Sansei Shiomi
as Nakata - Deputy Underboss
Fumiyo Kohinata
as Detective Kataoka
Yutaka Matsushige
as Detective Shigeta
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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (8)

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 ...

January 16, 2014
Seattle Times
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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.

Full Review… | January 3, 2014
AV Club
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"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.

Full Review… | January 3, 2014
New York Post
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An intelligently composed, crisply edited, sometimes amusing but otherwise unremarkable cross/double cross gangster picture.

Full Review… | January 3, 2014
RogerEbert.com
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The strategy and strategizing of "Beyond Outrage" ... feel like overkill (if you'll pardon the expression).

Full Review… | January 2, 2014
New York Times
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The narrative haze clears eventually, and the action-dialogue ratio balances out with a succession of swift, punchy setpieces.

Full Review… | January 2, 2014
Variety
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Audience Reviews for Beyond Outrage

I thought it was a great movie. Takeshi screen presence is larger than life. This is a sequel that will not disappoint you.

Don Beaulieu
Don Beaulieu
½

Sequel to Outrage that is sort of all over the place. There are so many names in these 2 films that it distracts from the story and you're left trying to remember who's who. Beat Takeshi is a great filmmaker/actor who really has his own style, albeit sometimes very confusing.

Evan Michael
Evan Michael
½

Rumor is he betrayed his own family. Otomo has just gotten out of jail and his brother is rising up the Yakuza ranks and wishes to help restore Otomo's name and power within the Yakuza, especially if it helps his rise to power. However, the two most powerful families, one from the East and one from the West, are about to start a war the brothers can't keep clear of. Meanwhile, a secret police task force has been charged with reducing yakuza violence; with Otomo out of jail, that may be impossible. "Yakuza are the worst type of trash." "Cops are no different." Takeshi Kitano, director of The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi, Dolls, Brothers, Outrage, Fireworks, Violent Cop, Boiling Point, and Sonatine, delivers Beyond Outrage. The storyline for this picture isn't as compelling as the first film but just as violent. The character interactions are well done and the ultimate direction is better than average. The acting is also on par with the original. "I haven't fallen low enough to need your protection." I enjoyed the first film and was excited this sequel was added to Netflix as well. This was okay and worth a viewing, but far from a masterpiece. I enjoyed the action scenes and shootouts, and the evolution of the film was solid. I do recommend seeing this if you're a fan of these yakuza gangster flicks. "You hit her in the head after she got drunk." Grade: B-

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

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