Thursday, December 10, 2009

More story details for Kitano's "Outrage"

Alerted by Jason Gray's tweet to the existence of an official site for Kitano Takeshi's upcoming "Outrage", I found and translated the following synopsis:
The story begins with Sekiuchi (Kitamura Soichiro), boss of the Sannokai, a huge organised crime syndicate controlling the entire Kanto region, issuing a stern warning to his lieutenant Kato (Miura Tomokazu) and right-hand man Ikemoto (Kunimura Jun), head of the Ikemoto-gumi. Kato orders Ikemoto to bring the unassociated Murase-gumi gang in line, and he immediately passes the task on to his subordinate Otomo (Beat Takeshi), who runs his own crew. The tricky jobs that no-one wants to do always end up in Otomo's lap...
The site also describes the film as "a violent action blockbuster set in the world of the yakuza, where men put their lives on the line and engage in betrayal and subterfuge in a vicious struggle for power."


  1. When I wrote the synopsis for our production listings in Screen I drew one of those little gang flowcharts. I hope he channels a bit of Fukasaku this time out.

    As far as the bit of violence I saw on set it was klassic Kitano -- poker-faced and point-blank.

  2. Hi Don,

    About your tweet about's Yamaguchi's Haunted Turkish Bathhouse, was it a 'remastered' version? Apparently this one was never released on VHS (not even talking about DVD), could it be a first step leading to a DVD release? I've been waiting to see this one for too many years! :)


  3. Jason:
    I hope he makes a bit more money than usual with this one, but audiences these days don't seem to be clamoring for violent gang action - unless it's a bunch of floppy-haired malnourished pretty boys in school uniforms pretending to be shit kickers...

    It was a nearly pristine print that I think was struck for a different retro at Cinema Vera a few years ago (the screening I went to was part of a Yamashiro Shingo tribute). I wouldn't hold my breath for Toei to release it in a hurry because of the taboo usage of "Turkish" in the title, which is exactly why some DVD label with impeccable taste should leap at the opportunity as with "Horrors of Malformed Men".