Japanese film is next up at cinema

23/02 Updated: 28/02 09:45

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THE LATEST offering from acclaimed Japanese director Takeshi Kitano is being screened at the Splendid Cinema this Sunday.

Kitano is arguably Japan’s most important director and his new film Outrage (18) is visually stunning.

In order to demonstrate his loyalty to the boss-of-bosses in a contemporary Yakuza crime family, a high-ranking captain moves aggressively against a rival family which sparks an all-out crime war.

Loyalty is tested by the different gangs all of whom are aware these machinations are less about business than games of honour to impress Mr Chairman. And Mr Chairman doesn’t impress easily.

While Outrage was entered for the Palme d’Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, the film’s real significance is Kitano’s return to the Yakuza genre after more than a decade. In between, Kitano made the critically acclaimed art-house favourites Dolls (2003) and Zatoichi (2004), but neither of those films were successful domestically in Japan.

It was the Yakuza genre which first propelled this television comic into the realm of cult director with his debut Violent Cop (1989), and in Outrage, Kitano keeps to the genre traditions by offering up a complex thriller filled with ultra-violence that is equally quite beautiful to watch.

The Hollywood Reporter said Outrage was: “As violent, amoral and misanthropic as a Jacobean play, Outrage is Takeshi Kitano’s first yakuza flick since Brother, and arguably his best film in a decade.”

It is being screened at 7.30pm in the Worcester Arts Workshop on Sansome Street. Tickets are £5 on the door and the box office opens at 7pm. For more information on any of the Splendid Cinema films contact Mikel Koven at splendidcinema@live.co.uk

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