3-4x juugatsu (Boiling Point)
3-4x juugatsu (Boiling Point) (1990)

Japanese filmmaker Takeshi Kitano directs, writes, and acts in this gangster comedy about the Yakuza, the notorious criminal organization of Japan. Masahiko Ono portrays the hapless Masaki, a local baseball player and gas-station attendant… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1990
DVD Release Date: December 14, 1999
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Sean Axmaker

The narrative almost dissolves in abstractions and digressions before the startling conclusion, but it remains a compellingly warped look at the uniquely Japanese culture of violence.

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Sean Axmaker
Seattle Weekly

I can think of no working director who uses stillness as gracefully and effectively as Takeshi Kitano.

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Fernando F. Croce

A work of varied and strange miracles

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's a cult film that delights as a cruel form of entertainment.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

There is little in the way of John Woo-style action setpieces in a Kitano movie.

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
Cameron Sherwell
Takeshi Kitano's second feature is nearly as powerful as his first. 'Boiling point' (3-4 x Juugastu) tells the story of isolated teenage… More
There are some very funny moments throughout this perverse film. The difference between this and films like Sonatine and Hana-bi would be that it plays out more… More
xGary Xx
A slow witted garage attendant travels to Okinawa to buy a gun when his friend gets into trouble with the local Yakuza. Even by Kateshi Kitano's… More
Christopher Brown
A great coming of age picture by the great Kitano. One of his more interesting performances as well.
El Hombre Invisible
The movie as a whole moves along at a steady pace, although not action packed you never feel that labored feeling that some may get if they are expecting one.… More