"[F]or fans of unsentimental police action rooted in commentary on a society, "Violent Cop" packs a punch."
– The New York Times,
– San Francisco Chronicle,
"...Takeshi displays an eye for unique, viscerally affecting ways to stage action scenes."
– The A.V. Club,
In his explosive directorial debut Japanese renaissance man-cum-comedian-extraordinaire Takeshi â?oBeatâ? Kitano plays vicious rogue homicide Detective Azuma who takes on a sadistic crime syndicate only to discover widespread internal corruption in the police force. Facing criminal charges for his unorthodox â?oDirty Harryâ? type methods, Azuma finds himself caught in a web of betrayal and intrigue that sends him on a bloody trail of vengeance. But when his sister is kidnapped by a sadistic drug lord, Azuma's tactics escalate towards an apocalyptic climax.