Boiling Point (1990 film)
|Directed by||Takeshi Kitano|
|Produced by||Hisao Nabeshima
|Written by||Takeshi Kitano|
|Edited by||Takeshi Kitano
Boiling Point, known in Japan as San tai Yon ekkusu Jugatsu (３－４Ｘ１０月, literally "3 to 4x October"), is a 1990 Japanese film written by, directed by, and co-starring Takeshi Kitano. It was his second film as director and first film as a screenwriter. Boiling Point is seen as an important first step in his development as an editor and as a director.
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.
- Takeshi Kitano as Uehara
- Yūrei Yanagi as Masaki
- Yuriko Ishida as Sayaka
- Gadarukanaru Taka as Takashi Iguchi
- Dankan as Kazuo
- Eri Fuse as Miki
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.
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