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Brother

Year: 2000
Director: Takeshi Kitano
Writer: Takeshi Kitano
Cast: Takeshi Kitano, Omar Epps
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Australian moviegoers (with the exception of the video store cult section devotees) knew little of Beat Kitano before this ode to whiplash violence was unleashed on cinema screens.

A long, lazy, stylish slow burn punctuated by bursts of bloodshed like brutal full stops halfway through a sentence of lyric poetry, it tells the story of a Yakuza killer who comes to America to fade into the background after things at home heat up a little.

Instead, he proceeds to take over the local business, eventually getting the attention of the mob and getting all his new friends killed along with him, but not before doing away with every low-level street thug that crosses him, often with chillingly cold intent.

Extremely brutal, and the fusion between cool and explosive is incredible. And apparently is was heavily cut to get the equivalent of an R rating in the US.

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