Director: Takeshi Kitano Run Time: 103 min. Release Year: 1989 Language: Japanese
Starring: Maiko Kawakami, Makoto Ashikawa, Sei Hiraizumi, Shirō Sano, Takeshi Kitano
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.