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With BEYOND OUTRAGE, action cinema master Takeshi Kitano returns to the hard boiled characters, black comedy and unflinching violence of his crime masterpiece OUTRAGE. This time, a manipulative police crackdown on organized crime has ignited a tricky power struggle in the yakuza underworld. The Sanno crime family has grown into a massive organization dominated by young executives whose new approach to running the family is causing frustration and pent-up resentment with the old-guard members. This vulnerability in the Sanno hierarchy is exactly what anti-gang detective Kataoka has been looking… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is a story largely made up of scenes of men talking in offices, but without the delicious and satirical sense of a whole-cloth gangster world set apart by its own rhythms and internalized rituals of violence ..."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"The strategy and strategizing of "Beyond Outrage" ... feel like overkill (if you'll pardon the expression)."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, New York Times
"What prevails throughout Beyond Outrage is a rigorous, downbeat classicism."
‑ Jonathan Romney, Film Comment Magazine
"Suckas better recognize, because Takeshi Kitano is back, and he ain't suffering no fools."
‑ Gabe Toro, The Playlist
"An overlong and overly intricate but effective yakuza thriller, with Takeshi Kitano & Co. all in fine, furious form."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"Kitano's considerable gifts as a screenwriter and stylist-namely, his talent for staging violent outbursts and conveying narrative through elliptical cuts-are enough to sustain the film as a twisty, cynical underworld yarn."
‑ Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, AV Club
"The narrative haze clears eventually, and the action-dialogue ratio balances out with a succession of swift, punchy setpieces."
‑ Justin Chang, Variety
"Plays like a movie made for Takeshi devotees and super fans of the genre at the expense of everyone else."
‑ Robert Levin, amNewYork
"An intelligently composed, crisply edited, sometimes amusing but otherwise unremarkable cross/double cross gangster picture."
‑ Matt Zoller Seitz,
"If Takeshi Kitano does go forward with the rumored third volume, hopefully he'll conceive of some fresh angle on this increasingly dry material."
‑ Jesse Cataldo, Slant Magazine
""Beyond Outrage" fails to live up to its title as Japanese superstar Takeshi Kitano can't find much in the way of fresh ideas for the genre."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"When it comes to yakuza cinema, you can do better."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"The movie as a whole feels cynical and exhausted."
‑ Mike D'Angelo, The Dissolve
"Kitano still packs a punch these days, deftly blending extended dialogue sequences with harrowing moments of hostility, crafting a worthy follow-up to an unexpectedly engrossing picture."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Beyond Outrage is an effective deconstruction of the yakuza crime thriller that withholds the genre's usual thrills but retains a sense of humor. The result is a film that's thoughtful and affecting, even if it is a little slow at times."
‑ Jeremy Clymer, We Got This Covered
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