A stunning mix of emotion and violence.
- Brother review by CP Customer
Brother revolves around the character of Aniki Yamamoto, a Tokyo gangster who after his Yakuza clan is wiped out in a mob war flees from Japan to Los Angeles where he has a younger brother who scrapes a living as a small time drug dealer. Reunited with his brother they begin to eliminate their rivals, and thanks to Aniki's nerve and foresight they soon become a powerful clan that controls several city areas. However, on their quest to gain more power they eventually meet their match and things soon descend into a downward spiral of violence. I've been slowly working my way through Takeshi Kitano's back catalogue, and I have to say he has to be one of the most consistent writer-directors around. He's an absolute master at mixing images of beauty and peace with those of extreme violence, and also managing to add his own sense of pathos and wry humour into the mix, and 'Brother' is no exception. If you've not yet experienced the magic of a Takeshi Kitano film then 'Brother' is a great place to start, and proves once again that Kitano is one of the most talented and distinctive filmmakers around. If you enjoy this then check out Kitano's excellent emotional drama 'Hana-Bi' and the ultra-violent samurai tale 'Zatoichi'.
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