Violent Cop

Directed by Takeshi Kitano
Film Movement Classics
103 Minutes
Asian, Thriller, Action
Not Rated

In his explosive directorial debut Japanese renaissance man-cum-comedian-extraordinaire Takeshi "Beat" 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 "Dirty Harry" 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.

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  • "[F]or fans of unsentimental police action rooted in commentary on a society, "Violent Cop" packs a punch."
    Lawrence van Gelder, The New York Times
  • "Exhilarating...."
    Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle
  • "...Takeshi displays an eye for unique, viscerally affecting ways to stage action scenes."
    Keith Phipps, The A.V. Club

Now Playing

Metrograph New York City NY November 17, 2016 November 20, 2016
The Cinematheque Vancouver BC February 23, 2017 February 26, 2017
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