Outrage by Takeshi Kitano

Autoreiji
2010/Japan
Directed by Takeshi Kitano
Screenplay by Takeshi Kitano

Stars: Beat Takeshi, Tomozaku Miura, Kippei Shiina, Ryo Kase, Soichiro Kitamura, Renji Ishibashi, Jun Kunimura
Production Co: Office Kitano, Warner Bros. Pictures
Original music: Keiichi Suzuki
Thriller, yakuza-eiga

Outrage

Takeshi Kitano, nacido en Adachi (Tokyo) en 1947 es sin duda uno de las artistas japoneses más completos del panorama asiático: director de cine, cómico, cantante, actor, editor, presentador, guionista, autor, poeta, pintor e incluso diseñador de videos juegos.  El que fuera presentador del famoso programa “Takeshi’s Castle”, conocido en España como “Humor Amarillo” a finales de los 80 está llamado a ser el digno sucesor de Akira Kurosawa, no en vano ha dirigido obras maestras como el drama romántico Dolls (2002) o el jidaigeki Zatoichi (2003).  Como director, cuenta ya con más de una quincena de películas y como Beat Takeshi (su nombre artístico) ha actuado en más de una treintena sin contar dramas televisivos.  En los premios de 2003 de la Japan Academy Prize fue galardonado con el premio al mejor montaje por Zatoichi y 1989 y 1985 con el del actor más popular con Violent Cop y Kanashii kibun de joke respectivamente.

Takeshi Kitano, was born in Adachi (Tokyo) in 1947 and he is undoubtedly one of the most complete Japnese artist of Asian panorama: filmmaker, comedian, singer, actor, editor, presenter, screenwriter, author, poet, painter and even video-game designer.  The former host of the famous “Takeshi’s Castle”, known as “Humor Amarillo” in Spain in the late 80’s is due to be the worthy successor of Akira Kurosawa, not in vain he has directed masterpieces like the romantic drama  Dolls (2002) o the jidaigeki Zatoichi (2003).  As a director, he has already made more than fifteen films and as Beat Takeshi (his stage name) he has acted in more than thirty films without counting TV dramas. In 2003 awards of Japan Academy Prize he was awarded with the prize for Best Editing for Zatoichi and in 1989 and 1985 with the award for the Most Popular Actor for Violent Cop y Kanashii kibun de joke respectively.

The film tells how the head of the crime organization Sanno-kai shows its displeasure with the relationship that keeps the regional head of the Ikemoto clan with the regional chief of the rival organization, Murase.  To dispel any doubts, Ikemoto decides to dispose of Murase but without getting his hands dirty.  Thus, the Otomo clan (led by Beat Takeshi), a clan positioned poorly within the yakuza, becomes involved in a power struggle between two rival clans and they will have to do the dirty work.  But alliances and betrayals within the yakuza continually change the fate of the characters causing cruel murders.

Desde Brother (2010) el director no se atrevía con otra película de yakuza, sin embargo, en esta entrevista en la premiere de Cannes, Kitano negaba categóricamente que el género yakuza-eiga estuviera pasado de moda ya que la yakuza sigue existiendo hoy en día: “su forma de gestión ha cambiado, se han informatizado y son mucho más sofisticados”.  No podría estar más de acuerdo con Kitano, de hecho Outrage nos demuestra que el género aún tiene mucho por ofrecernos en lo que a thriller y acción se refiere.  Y es que la yakuza goza cinematográficamente de ese toque ‘cool’ que los gángsters hace mucho que dejaron atrás.  Con más de 7 millones de dólares recaudados en Japón y una segunda entrega en 2012 Outrage Beyond, e incluso la amenaza de una tercera entrega, el film nos ofrece escenas realmente crudas a la par que sublimes como la escena de los baños públicos protagonizada por el propio Kitano.  Pero la cinta tiene más cosas interesantes: la banda sonora, de manos del compositor Keiichi Suzuki es realmente buena; y la interpretación como Murase de Renji Ishibashi le valió el premio al mejor actor de reparto en el Yokohama Film Festival de 2011 y en los Blue Ribbon Awards de 2010, aunque yo no me olvidaría de un perfecto Mizuno interpretado por Kippei Shiina.

Since Brother (2010) the director did not dare with other yakuza film, however, in this interview at the premiere of Cannes, Kitano denied categorically that the yakuza-eiga genre were outdated as the yakuza still exists today “their management techniques have changed, they have been computerized and are much more sophisticated.”  I could not agree more with Kitano,  Outrage indeed shows that the genre still has much to offer as a thriller and action is concerned.  And the  yakuza cinematographically enjoys a ‘cool’ sense that the gangster have long left behind.  With over seven million dolars raised in Japan and a sequel in 2012 Outrage Beyond, and even the threat of a third delivery, the film gives us scenes really crudes and sublimes at the same time as the scene in the public restrooms starred by Kitano himself.  But the film has more interesting things: the soundtrack, composed by the Japanese composer Keiichi Suzuki is really nice, and the interpretation of as Murase of Renji Ishibashi was worth the Best Supporting Actor award at the Yokohama Film Festival in 2011 and in the Blue Ribbon Awards in 2010, though I did not forget a  perfectly played Mizuno by Kippei Shiina. 

En suma: un thriller trepidante, con escenas de violencia bien justificadas que no dejaran indiferente a nadie.

In short: a fast-paced thriller with well justified violent scenes that will leave no one indifferent.


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