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In a ruthless battle for power, several yakuza clans vie for the favor of their head family in the Japanese underworld. The rival bosses seek to rise through the ranks by scheming and making allegiances sworn over saké. Long-time yakuza Otomo has seen his kind go from elaborate body tattoos and severed fingertips to becoming important players on the stock market. Theirs is a never-ending struggle to end up on top, or at least survive, in a corrupt world where there are no heroes but constant betrayal and vengeance. -- (C) Magnet Releasing

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"How can anyone can get excited over something so grim and redundant?"
‑ Jon Frosch, The Atlantic
"It's like a version of "Cinema Paradiso" where all the murders were saved up by a censor and strung together for a bloodbath."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Not particularly impassioned, but I suspect my indifferent, numbed reaction is rather sort of the point."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"Functions more as a reminder of past glories than as a harbinger of new concepts."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Be warned that this is a violent movie, even for a gangster film, and Kitano relishes in depicting his characters' ruthlessness."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"It's a gangster story, told well, with no punches pulled."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"True Kitano fans will find its title sadly ironic."
‑ Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"It is almost as though Kitano is saying that nothing can stop him from defeating the rivals, successors and pretenders who, in his absence, have tried to move in on his (generic) turf"
‑ Anton Bitel, Little White Lies
"A swift kick in the soft parts sure to release some holiday tension."
‑ Grae Drake, Movies.com
".. 'Macbeth' by way of 'Goodfellas,' a labyrinthine game of cat-and-mouse bathed in buckets of the red stuff ... a funny, subversive assault on the crime genre. Kitano's best since 'Sonatine.'"
‑ Glenn Lovell, CinemaDope
"Kitano is clearly enjoying his powers as a master of the form, and the movie invites the viewer to share in his enjoyment."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"It's retaliation without foundation, all fun and games until everyone gets hurt."
‑ William Goss, Film.com
"Happily, Outrage is super-cool; it's inventive, funny, and shocking enough that it really doesn't matter much where Kitano has been. He's back now."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The film's engine chugs away, keeping up the solidly enjoyable frenzy of cruelty, with gangster turnover taking place so fast, so furiously that at times it's tough keep the alliances and betrayals straight."
‑ Dave White, Movies.com
"Kitano's gangsters display enough ambition to make Macbeth blush."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
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