Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Venice: Film Festival – Outrage Beyond

  Photograph courtesy La Biennale
Venice: Film Festival – Outrage Beyond. Takeshi Kitano’s Outrage Beyond. The Sanno crime family has grown into a huge organization, expanding its powers into politics and legitimate big businesses. The Sanno’s upper ranks are now dominated by young executives, and the old-guard members are penting up resentment while being pushed into the sidelines.  This vulnerable spot in the Sanno hierarchy is exactly what anti-gang detective Kataoka has been looking for, as the police force prepares a full-scale crackdown.  With secret plots and dirty tricks, the ambitious Kataoka instigates conflict between the Sanno and their long-time ally, the Hanabishi, in the hopes that they ultimately destroy each other.  But Kataoka’s trump card is the arranged release from prison of Otomo, played by Takeshi Kitano himself, the rumoredded boss of a family once crushed by the Sanno.  Otomo’s surprise return adds to the deception and betrayal among the families as everyone watches out for the other’s next move.   It’s impossible to guess who will come out on top in this fierce power game. It’s not over until it’s over.
Above. Director and leading actor Takeshi Kitano.
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