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Brother (2000)

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A Japanese gangster is exiled to Los Angeles where his brother lives with a small but respectable multi-racial gang, who he inspires to expand their influence.

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Takeshi Kitano

Writer:

Takeshi Kitano
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Takeshi Kitano ... Aniki Yamamoto (as 'Beat' Takeshi)
Omar Epps ... Denny
Claude Maki Claude Maki ... Ken
Masaya Katô ... Shirase
Susumu Terajima Susumu Terajima ... Kato
Royale Watkins Royale Watkins ... Jay
Lombardo Boyar ... Mo
Ren Osugi ... Harada (as Ren Ôsugi)
Ryo Ishibashi ... Ishihara
James Shigeta ... Sugimoto
Tatyana Ali ... Latifa (as Tatyana M. Ali)
Makoto Ôtake Makoto Ôtake ... Chief of Police
Kôen Okumura Kôen Okumura ... Hanaoka
Naomasa Musaka Naomasa Musaka ... Hisamatsu
Rino Katase ... Night Club Madame
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Storyline

A Japanese Yakuza gangster is exiled to the United States. Takeshi settles in Los Angeles where his younger, half brother lives and finds that although the turf is new, the rules are still the same as they try to take over the local drug trade. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

The one guy you trust to get your back when a whole city's trying to put a bullet in it. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong violence, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | UK | Japan

Language:

English | Japanese | Italian | Spanish

Release Date:

27 January 2001 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Adelfos ex aimatos See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,029, 22 July 2001

Gross USA:

$447,750
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was Takeshi Kitano's only American film he ever made. In an interview, Kitano said that he did not like the final result of Brother and that he regretted his "Hollywood adventure", which was supposed to bring him a wider audience. As a result, Kitano said that he had no intention of filming outside Japan again. See more »

Goofs

Ken takes the photo of the potential blackmail victim with his right hand while his left hand is on the table. In the close-up he's holding it with both hands, and then he returns the picture with his right hand while his left hand is on the table again. See more »

Quotes

Mo: What are you guys gonna do?
Ken: Cut his finger off.
Mo: What happens when you cut his finger off?
Kato: Ummm... he can't swim straight anymore.
[smiles]
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Alternate Versions

The UK Region 2 DVD from Film Four is the full cut of the film. It includes the extra POV chopstick death scene, a full pan across on the severed head in the stairwell, as well as many other small cuts made in the U.S. to attain an "R" rating. See more »

Connections

Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Casta Diva che inargenti
from "Norma"
Music by Vincenzo Bellini
Words by Felice Romani
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User Reviews

Not Kitano´s best, but still a good movie!
26 May 2002 | by DJ InfernoSee all my reviews

"Brother" may be Kitano´s most well-known and successful movie, but after all it´s just another sign that success at the box offices doesn´t make the perfect movie, because it lacks in many respects: the story is too one-dimensional and delivers nothing really new, the characters are not developed enough, excluding the brilliant play of Omar Epps and, of course, Kitano himself. However, if you like heavy gunfight violence in the style of "Reservoir Dogs" or Takeshi´s elder "Violent Cop" this is the right film for you! The body count is higher than in all Quentin Tarantino/Sam Peckinpah films together and even some gore like cut off fingers and heads is brought on here and there. Once more the violent pictures are laid under with beautiful piano music what gives some disturbing aspects as well as emotional rollercoasters to this film. Definitely one of the better gangster movies of the last few years, but not the best as often said. A good film which is a little bit overrated... Can´t await to see Kitano´s "Battle Royale" - this one must be really brilliant..!


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