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When Yakuza gangster Yamamoto is forcibly retired from his clan after a hostile takeover, he flies from Tokyo to Los Angeles to find his younger half brother Ken, whom he believes he has been financing through college. When he finds that Ken has dropped out of school to run a sloppy drug-dealing operation with his buddy Danny, Yamamoto slaps him on the back of the head in disgust, then shows the motley crew how to take over the LA underworld, Yakuza style. In the most violent ways imaginable, Yamamoto transforms the ragtag gang into a styling posse of professional punishers and schools them in… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 47%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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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