Another master piece by Takeshi Kitano San.
This movie is mainly set in LA, but has roots in Japan when they are describing Aniki’s (Takeshi Kitano) character who is an ex-Yakuza gangster who has exiled to USA for safety.
The film starts off in a random airport with Aiki just chilling outside the airport waiting on a taxi. The film is quite fast pitched and you always still find the next part of the story will not be known.
The first scene where you see Denny (Omar Epps) is when he is walking down the street and he bumps into Aniki. Aniki breaks Denny’s wine bottle, which is then followed by Denny loud mouthing Aniki. Since Aniki is a bad boy he picks up the broken bottle and stabs Denny in the eye.
After that Aniki walks up to what seems like an abandoned warehouse, where the first flash back stars. They go back to his times in Japan and show his gangster lifestyle. I wont go into this too deep because thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a lot I’ll miss out due to it being quite a dense part of the film.
After that, the film really start, you see why he is in America and who he is there to see, its a SICKENING character development story where I havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t seen it matched before in ANY film of Kitano San, let alone in any film I’ve seen before.
Son duke is MAD though, the way he just kills people is amazing, the way they chop enemies pinky fingers off with knives is just:(. A few parts I like in this film which stood out are when he punched a dude in the belly so hard he bled from his mouth. One where a dude got 2 chopsticks forced up his nose, and another one where when they were showing shots from Japan a Yakuza member was questioned on his loyalty. He replied to the question by saying " You want to see whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s inside my guts". Which led to dude cutting open his own stomach, which then led to the Yakuza boss making the person who asked the question to cut off his pinky finger for disturbing the dinner where they were at.
Kitano San wrote and directed this film, which is amazing due to his inability to talk in English, but I assume he has English dialect helpers with him to help on the script. The style of the film is really non-American/Hollywood, and he uses odd exerts of comedy or just weird shots which include the camera being at a 80 degree angle; but this defiantly adds to the film in a positive way. The excellent thing I LOVE about this film is that it didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t follow any typical clichÃƒÂ©s, like coming up from nothing to be a big boss, or the typical woman who makes him turn around his gangster life or any of that dumb bullshit we see in movies nowadays.
Overall this film is ace, I recommend this film to any one who likes a more mature, different, abstract and Asian influenced gangster movie. I voted this at a 9 on IMDB. Go watch