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Outrage (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
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After a trilogy of self-reflexive films that dealt with his role as an artist, actor-director-tough guy Kitano Takeshi returns to the genre that established him as a filmmaker. As the tagline on the posters indicates, everyone in Outrage is a villain. There is only violence in Kitano's brutal yakuza world, and the people in it will commit them in the name of power without blinking an eye. Kitano reportedly first wrote the film with the violence in mind - including a particularly memorable dental chair sequence - before inventing a story around it. The resulting product shocked and awed audiences at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, where it played in competition. Joining Kitano is an all-male cast featuring Shiina Kippei (Shinobi), Miura Tomokazu (Adrift in Tokyo), Kunimura Jun (Blood and Bones), and a scene-stealing Kase Ryo (Letters From Iwo Jima).

In a casual conversation during a banquet, the Sanno-kai crime group chairman (Kitamura Soichiro) expresses to right-hand man Kato (Miura Tomokazu) his displeasure for the Ikemoto clan's connection to the Murase crew. To not violate the pact of brotherhood with the Murases, Ikemoto (Kunimura Jun) asks Otomo (Kitano Takeshi, as Beat Takeshi), the head of another Sanno-kai clan, to stir up trouble in the name of peace. This triggers a bloody gang war filled with ulterior motives, double crosses, and a long, long path of blood.

DVD Edition comes with cast interviews and trailers.

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Product Title: Outrage (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version) 全員惡人 Outrage (DVD) (英文字幕) (日本版) 全员恶人 Outrage (DVD) (英文字幕) (日本版) アウトレイジ Outrage (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
Artist Name(s): Sugimoto Tetta | Miura Tomokazu | Kitano Takeshi | Shiina Kippei | Ishibashi Renji | Kitamura Soichiro | Kunimura Jun | Kohinata Fumiyo | Kase Ryo | Nakano Hideo | Tsukamoto Takashi 杉本哲太 | 三浦友和 | 北野武 | 椎名桔平 | 石橋蓮司 | 北村總一朗 | 國村準 | 小日向文世 | 加瀨亮 | 中野英雄 | 塚本高史 杉本哲太 | 三浦友和 | 北野武 | 椎名桔平 | 石桥莲司 | 北村总一朗 | 国村准 | 小日向文世 | 加濑亮 | 中野英雄 | 冢本高史 杉本哲太 | 三浦友和 | 北野武 | 椎名桔平 | 石橋蓮司 | 北村総一朗 | 國村隼 | 小日向文世 | 加瀬亮 | 中野英雄 | 塚本高史 Sugimoto Tetta | Miura Tomokazu | Kitano Takeshi | 시이나 킷페이 | Ishibashi Renji | Kitamura Soichiro | Kunimura Jun | Kohinata Fumiyo | 카세 료 | Nakano Hideo | Tsukamoto Takashi
Director: Kitano Takeshi 北野武 北野武 北野武 Kitano Takeshi
Release Date: 2010-12-03
Publisher Product Code: BCBJ-3923
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Japanese
Place of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Other Information: DVD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1023099538

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映像特典:TVスポット/キャストインタビュー(ビートたけし、三浦友和、椎名桔平、加瀬 亮、國村 隼、杉本哲太、塚本高史、中野英雄、石橋蓮司、小日向文世、北村総一朗)/劇場予告編/特報



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December 20, 2010

It's good to be bad
Kitano Takeshi's latest film Outrage offers one of the year's best film promotional slogans on its poster: "They're all villains". This simple sentence more or less reflects the nature of writer-director's return to the violent film genre after a trilogy of self-reflexive films about his role as an artist. While nearly every character in Outrage are indeed mean, brutal people who roll their tongues in their speech as much as they dish out violent punishments, Kitano does manage to create memorable characters that are worth caring about - even if they're hurting people with dental drills.

Chronicling a gang war caused by misguided alliances and double crosses, Kitano reportedly wrote the story for Outrage only after he created the violence. Ranging from finger cuttings to a particularly nasty use of roadside wooden poles, the violence in Outrage is rough, but never extreme to the point of causing discomfort to anyone who has seen a gangster film. Despite the amount of people getting hurt throughout, the violence of Outrage can hardly be considered gratuitous. Rather than glorifying how far violence can take the characters, Kitano portrays the yakuza world as a dangerous place where no alliance can last and loyalty is something to be used for one's own advantage.

Distributed by Hollywood studio Warner Brothers' Japanese branch, Outrage was also made with commercial considerations. With its gang conflict conveyed via scenes of tough guys intimidating each other with words rather than full-blown gang battles, Outrage isn't a total commercial film that would fill seats in cinemas. Nevertheless, it's easy to see how Kitano's trademark dark humor and the promise of tough guys killing each other helped make Outrage one of the highest-grossing films in the director's career, becoming successful enough that Outrage 2 will be his first sequel as director.

Even though the violence may end up being the highlight of Outrage, Kitano's large ensemble cast, made of actors who have mostly never worked with Kitano the director before, should also get their due credit. While experienced actors Beat Takeshi (Kitano's actor name), Kunimura Jun, Shiina Kippei, and Tomokazu Miura all fit into their tough guy personas comfortably, the true standout of the cast is Kase Ryo as the multi-lingual gang accountant. Though his scenes mainly involve a subplot about a yakuza-backed casino built in the embassy of a fictional African nation, Kase proves that he is convincing as a gangster in both Japanese and English (Kase spent his childhood in the United States). One may argue that the actors are simply fulfilling typical gangster archetypes, but they also convey the appropriate charisma to make Kitano's script come alive on the screen.

With several successful gangster films under his belt, Kitano seems to fully understand what attracts people to the yakuza genre. Focusing on characters and their relationships, Kitano walks the fine line between shocking the audience with unflinching violence and enabling them to sympathize with certain characters. By not portraying the yakuza in a positive light, Kitano allows his protagonists to engage in as much physical harm as they can, making them unfortunate saps in a tragicomedy that earns our sympathy by placing the characters in situations they can't control. Amidst the dark comedy and the tough guys acting tough is a melancholic tragedy, but Kitano clearly knows which elements the audiences want and delivers them with the impact of a punch to the jaw. Kitano's return to the violent crime genre shows that even being bad can be a good thing
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