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Internationally acclaimed director and Japanese media phenomenon Takeshi Kitano follows up his well-regarded Kikujiro with this straight-ahead gangster saga with a cross-cultural twist. The film focuses on Yamamoto (Kitano), a yakuza forced out of the country when a gang war all but wipes out his clan. Armed with a fake credit card, a forged passport, and a bag of money, he journeys to the strange and foreign land of Los Angeles to join his half-brother Ken (Claude Maki), who works as a low-rent street tough alongside fast-talking hustler Denny (Omar Epps). With brutal efficiency, the… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 47%

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"Kitano's most enjoyable, flat-out fun movie, provided you can stomach the violence."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Sure to satisfy fans of the laconic auteur."
‑ Mark Rahner, Seattle Times
"A vital, stylish Yakuza pic, Kitano crafts a new world/old world, brother against brother epic battle straddling both sides of the Pacific."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"Oh, brother."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"It's a little hard to take, a little too nihilistic."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"As an actor and writer-director, Mr. Kitano projects an amused irony that makes his films worth seeing."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Kitano presents all this mayhem in crisp and cool camera work that distances it and keeps it from becoming oppressive."
‑ Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle
"Takashi has been considered a master auteur. Perhaps, but there's no art here, just violence."
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
"There's no flow to this movie -- it just plods along from one disconnected sequence to another."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"It fails to work because it falls into the conventional exploitive genre of Hollywood action films instead of retaining the quirky director's unusual artistic sensibilities."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Just how many acts of self-inflicted finger amputations do I really want to see?"
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"A powerful statement on a violent society -- and a very uncomfortable one that is apt to alienate many viewers."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"If the yardstick for mob flicks is 'Goodfellas' (and it should be), then 'Brother' doesn't stand a chance. On its own, however, it is a stylish, colourful film."
‑ Tom Grealis, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"Always audacious and never less than entertaining, even when it's coming apart at the seams."
‑ Sean Burns, Philadelphia Weekly
"The movie comes across as a confusing mess, lacking in substance and entirely missing its goal."
‑ Brandon Smith, Jam! Movies
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