Brother

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    A Japanese Yakuza gangster’s deadly existence in his homeland gets him exiled to Los Angeles, California where he is taken in by his little brother and his brother’s gang. This is the first English film by Takeshi Kitano.

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    Kitano's most enjoyable, flat-out fun movie, provided you can stomach the violence.

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    As an actor and writer-director, Mr. Kitano projects an amused irony that makes his films worth seeing.

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    Just how many acts of self-inflicted finger amputations do I really want to see?

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    Sure to satisfy fans of the laconic auteur.

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    Kitano presents all this mayhem in crisp and cool camera work that distances it and keeps it from becoming oppressive.

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    Intriguing though uneven.

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    A provocative variation on moviedom's worn cross-cultural themes.

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    This somber and bloody retread is hardly the best place to first make Kitano's intimidating acquaintance.

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    Rarely has such an artful aesthetic been used to craft such sadistically violent junk.

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    Too many of the killing scenes have a casual, perfunctory tone.

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    There's nothing noble about Aniki's steadfastness; he's a violent thug who's simply more skilled and efficient than the other thugs surrounding him.

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    When it works, which is often, Kitano's movie is an anthropology of the distinctions between Japanese yakuza and American gangsters.

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    We're made numb to the violence and bored by the lack of plot or character development.

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    What [Kitano fans are] looking for are increasingly novel and outrageous ways to ambush, mutilate and assassinate. And their hero doesn't disappoint.

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    For all its arty bloodshed, Brother is disappointingly hollow.

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    Riveting, if erratic.

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    If the film had ended a couple of scenes earlier, on a touch that's a tribute to westerns and showdowns, Mr. Kitano would have finished things off beautifully. But that's a minor quibble.

    3/5
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    Takeshi's elliptical directorial style is here overwhelmed by the script's crudeness and lack of narrative power.

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    An awkward hybrid of Kitano yakuza satire and 'hood drama.

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    Am I the only one who finds [Kitano's] films impossible to make heads or tails of?

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    The movie's second half ... is tedious and uninspired.

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