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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 | Rating: 2.5/4
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.

January 3, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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.

January 3, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
New York Post
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An intelligently composed, crisply edited, sometimes amusing but otherwise unremarkable cross/double cross gangster picture.

January 3, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
RogerEbert.com
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The strategy and strategizing of "Beyond Outrage" ... feel like overkill (if you'll pardon the expression).

January 2, 2014 | Full Review…
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.

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

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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