|Starring:||Takeshi Kitano, Kippei Shiina and Jun Kunimura|
|The Plot: The plot for Outrage concerns a struggle for power amongst Tokyo’s yakuza clans. Although today the yakuza have a slightly more business-friendly face, Outrage shows that the Japanese mafia still knows how to get their hands dirty. The story begins with a warning traveling down the yakuza hierarchy, starting from the main boss Sekiuchi (Soichiro Kitamura) and then coming to his main lieutenant Kato (Tomokazu Miura), and then he finally directs it to the man that the warning was initially made for: Ikemoto (Jun Kunimura), a lower boss within the family. It seems that Ikemoto has ties with the Murase crime family, due to the two gangster bosses swearing an oath to one another while in jail, but this friendship outside of the family doesn’t sit well with the higher ups. Knowing that trouble will surely brew if he doesn’t make a move, Ikemoto orders his right-hand man Otomo (Takeshi Kitano) to take a crew and open up a office on the Murase families main turf. This is seen as a less offensive way to send a message back to the bosses, but this small message then spirals into a full-on yakuza bloodbath.|
The film embellishes on the enormous violence of the yakuza, and does not attempt to give much more in terms of depth or meaning. This isn’t the Kitano of old, where violence came from out of the dark within a moment’s notice. Outrage portrays its violence in a very methodical way, filling the film with a sense of oncoming tragedy right from its very start. Even when violence isn’t crashing down on our protagonists, the film is establishing reasoning for eventual violence. Death and bloodshed seem inevitable within this world that Kitano has crafted, and although the subject matter is similar to what he has done before, the execution is done in a much different way. Previously Kitano used violence as a means to show the fragility of life and the sudden impact that one moment can have (such as the firing of a bullet), but gone is that sense of existential dread that made the director a known figure in world cinema. Instead, he focuses on a much more procedural story that looks to examine the changes in organized crime. Similar titles to this would be the Italian crime film Gomorrah, or even the works of Johnnie To. In particular, Outrage plays out like a much more violent take on To’s Election series.