Brother (2001)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 1, 2001
DVD Release Date: January 2, 2002
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Critic Score: 47% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: There is too much hollow bloodshed in Brother, and the characters are stereotypically flat.

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Kitano's most enjoyable, flat-out fun movie, provided you can stomach the violence.

Mark Rahner
Seattle Times

Sure to satisfy fans of the laconic auteur.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A powerful statement on a violent society -- and a very uncomfortable one that is apt to alienate many viewers.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

As an actor and writer-director, Mr. Kitano projects an amused irony that makes his films worth seeing.

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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle

Kitano presents all this mayhem in crisp and cool camera work that distances it and keeps it from becoming oppressive.

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

A vital, stylish Yakuza pic, Kitano crafts a new world/old world, brother against brother epic battle straddling both sides of the Pacific.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Just how many acts of self-inflicted finger amputations do I really want to see?

Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle

Intriguing though uneven.

Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette

Takashi has been considered a master auteur. Perhaps, but there's no art here, just violence.

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xGary Xx
When an uncompromising Yakuza leaves Japan to prevent the ignition of a gang war, he joins his brother, a small time drug dealer in America and shocks both his… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
A compendium of ideas that Kitano has previously explored, and with far better results, in Sonatine, Violent Cop and Hana Bi. Not a bad effort per se, it just… More
El Hombre Invisible
If you don't know Beat Takeshi let me explain; He's a different type of badass. He doesn't have great karate skills or runs around hanging from… More
Stephen M
As ever, the first order of business for Takeshi Kitano, director, is ensuring that Takeshi Kitano, actor, looks cool at all times. In this particular… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Takeshi Kitano creates a peculiar, paused, funny, highly violent but somewhat touching clash between the eastern and western underworld.
Khris N
Superb gangster movie! A grey film of sorts where there is no spectrum of colors, only shades of grey - metaphorically speaking. the term i would use is faux… More