Boiling Point (1990 film)

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Boiling Point
Boiling Point.jpg
Directed by Takeshi Kitano
Produced by Hisao Nabeshima
Takio Yoshida
Masayuki Mori
Written by Takeshi Kitano
Starring Beat Takeshi
Minoru Iizuka
Cinematography Katsumi Yanagishima
Edited by Takeshi Kitano
Toshio Taniguchi
Distributed by Shochiku-Fuji
Bandai
Release dates September 15, 1990
Running time 96 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Box office US$1,471.00

Boiling Point (3-4X10月 (san(3) tai yon(4) ekkusu jugatsu, literally: "3 to 4x October") is a 1990 Japanese film written by, directed by, and co-starring Japanese filmmaker Takeshi Kitano. It was his second film as director and first film as a screenwriter. While Boiling Point is regarded by some[who?] American online reviewers as one of the weaker efforts from "Beat" Takeshi, it is seen as an important first step in his development as an editor[1] and as a director.[2]

Plot outline[edit]

Ono Masahiko stars as a shiftless, inattentive young man, a member of a losing local baseball team, whose coach is threatened and attacked by a local yakuza. He teams up with a friend to go to Okinawa to purchase guns so they can get revenge. Kitano plays a psychotic yakuza member named Uehara, who befriends them upon their arrival in Okinawa. Uehara has his own agenda of revenge, and as the story progresses the two boys drift further into his orbit, with unsettling results.

Kitano's trademark black humor suffuses the film in many ways: at one point, the boy finally does get a gun, but shoots out the windshield of his girlfriend's car by mistake. The film also features comedian Iizuka Minoru, also known as Dankan, who went on to become a Kitano regular (Getting Any?) and Katsuo Tokashiki, who is famous for his kickboxing skills in Japan. He also played a guard in Takeshi Kitano's Takeshi's Castle in the 1980s.

The original title, 3-4X Jugatsu is the final score of a baseball game played in the film. "Jugatsu" (October) was added to the title, because the most exciting games of baseball, play-off games, are played in October.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sylow, Henrik. "Biography". KitanoTakeshi.com. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Review of Boiling Point by Mike Bracken at CultureCartel.com

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