Outrage Coda

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Outrage Coda
Outrage Coda - poster.jpg
Japanese theatrical release poster
Directed by Takeshi Kitano
Produced by Mori Masayuki
Written by Takeshi Kitano
Starring Beat Takeshi
Toshiyuki Nishida
Music by Keiichi Suzuki
Cinematography Katsumi Yanagishima
Edited by Takeshi Kitano
Yoshinori Ota
Production
company
Distributed by Warner Bros. (Japan)
Annapurna Pictures (US)
Release date
  • 9 September 2017 (2017-09-09) (Venice)
  • 7 October 2017 (2017-10-07) (Japan)
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Korean
Box office $11.2 million[1]

Outrage Coda (アウトレイジ 最終章) is a 2017 Japanese yakuza film directed by Takeshi Kitano, starring Kitano (a.k.a. "Beat Takeshi"), and was released in Japan on October 7, 2017. It is a sequel to Kitano's 2012 film, Beyond Outrage, and completes Kitano's Outrage trilogy started in 2010. It received its premiere when it was screened out of competition at the 74th Venice International Film Festival.[2]

Plot summary[edit]

After the formerly prominent though now decimated Sanno-kai yakuza crime organization has been absorbed into the Hanabishi-kai under their Grand Yakuza leader, the new Hanabishi-kai has virtually unified the entire underground of all of Japan into a massive, single and centralized organization. The take-over could not have taken place without the move of Otomo as a former lieutenant of the Sanno-kai with his loyal followers to join the Hanabishi-kai in making their power move against the Sanno-kai. Now that the Hanabishi-kai have succeeded in the take-over, they decide that the former Sanno-kai followers who assisted them have become expendable and start to eliminate them one-by-one. When Otomo sees this, he determines that his best chances are to accept a previous offer to join one of the powerful Korean crime organizations and he leaves Japan to accept the offer of Mr. Chang to go to the resort island of Jeju in South Korea.

The Hanabishi-kai continue to grow now that they have consolidated their power in Japan and one of their young yakuza named Hanada goes to Korea for some rest and relaxation. Upon arrival, Hanada has a violent encounter with two prostitutes and one of the Korean crime family lieutenants and kills him, not knowing that Otomo has become part of that Korean crime family. The Korean crime family then decides that the killing of their lieutenant by the Japanese Hanabishi-kai cannot go by without retribution and Otomo is dispatched as a lone-wolf enforcer with the task of being sent back to Japan to settle the score with the Hanabishi-kai. Otomo remembers how the Hanabishi-kai executed his fellow lieutenants after they helped the Hanabishi-kai defeat the Sanno-kai. Upon his arrival and return to Japan, Otomo re-introduces himself and his own lieutenant to some of the new Hanabishi-kai lieutenants by using two machine guns which he uses to light up a local Hanabishi-kai restaurant.

In assessing the new situation, the grand Yakuza leader of the Hanabishi-kai, Nomura, sets his underboss Nishino and his deputy Nakata to work in order to deal with Otomo. The further execution of another lieutenant takes place when the lieutenant is buried neck deep for a midnight execution on a rural highway before being decapitated by the first stray car passing. By making use of his ties with his new powerful Korean crime connections, Otomo decides that there are enough remnants of his old clan that he can make his own stand against the Hanabishi-kai to avenge his former fallen yakuza brothers.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Kitano returns to his role as Otomo in the final installment of the Outrage trilogy.

In September 2012, Takeshi Kitano said that the producers wanted him to make the third Outrage film.[3] As reported by Macnab, the making of a third Outrage film would complete the first film trilogy for Takeshi Kitano. As of 30 June 2013, Box Office Mojo reported a total revenue for Outrage approaching USD ten million with USD 8,383,891 in the total worldwide lifetime box office.[4] As of 28 July 2013, Beyond Outrage had receipts more than twice as high, at USD 16,995,152.

At the Venice premiere of the film, Kitano recalled his previous positive experience in Venice at the 1998 festival where his film Hana-bi won the gold prize, following in the tradition of other Japanese films such as Rashomon which won the gold prize in 1950. Kitano stated about the new film that, "There are various types of Yakuza... even if they are now disappearing. There are various kinds of humanity within these violent groups. Violence contrasts with some of the issues I dealt with in the past, but in this film there are people who are trying to take care of other people. The actions of the characters are influenced by what surrounds them, but I have to admit that I'm a little tired of devoting myself to violence, so I put many elements in the new film."[5]

In July 2017, Screendaily summarized the production crew which participated in the production of the film stating: "The film crew includes composer Keiichi Suzuki, cinematographer Katsumi Yanagijima, lighting designer Hitoshi Takaya, production designer Norihiro Isoda, sound designer Yoshifumi Kureishi, casting director Takefumi Yoshikawa, first assistant director Hirofumi Inaba and line producer Shinji Komiya."[6]

Music[edit]

The soundtrack for the film was composed by Keiichi Suzuki who was described in a review as composing an "elliptical score, mixing electronics and jazz horns... sometimes almost subliminally placed in the sound mix, add(ing) an unsettling edge."[7]

Release[edit]

On September 9, 2017, Outrage Coda received its premiere screening at the Venice Film Festival in Italy at the closing ceremonies as the final film screened out of competition.[8] It received general release in Japan on October 7, 2017.[9]

Reception[edit]

For the opening week-end in Japan on October 8, 2017, Outrage Coda opened as the number one film with a gate of USD 3.1 million.[10] Further reception for the film is expected to be consistent with the two previous films in the Outrage trilogy, with the box-office performance of the second installment outpacing the first film in the trilogy based on international receipts.[11]

In his positive review of the film for ScreenDaily, Jonathan Romney found the violence in the film to be extreme and the casting to be well matched to the plot stating, "Many viewers may balk at the fact that the film, taking its genre logic to an uncomfortable extreme, is an entirely male affair, with women relegated to walk-on prostitute roles. But Kitano does cast brilliantly in his selection of utterly unlikable males. Standing out are Taki as the brutish Hanada, Nishida as the gloating conniver Nishino, and Tokio Kaneda as Chang, whose fancy waistcoats and old-school hairstyle make him look like a cattle baron in a 70s Western."[12]

Awards[edit]

Award ceremony Category Nominee Result
39th Yokohama Film Festival Best Supporting Actor Sansei Shiomi Won
72nd Mainichi Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Toshiyuki Nishida Nominated
27th Tokyo Sports Film Award Best Film Outrage Coda Won
Best Director Takeshi Kitano Won
Best Actor Toshiyuki Nishida Won
Sansei Shiomi Won
Best Supporting Actor Ren Osugi Won
Nao Ōmori Won
Pierre Taki Won
Yutaka Matsushige Won
Tokio Kaneda Won
Best Newcomer Won
41st Japan Academy Prize Best Music Keiichi Suzuki Won
Best Sound Recording Yoshifumi Kureishi Nominated
Best Film Editing Takeshi Kitano and Yoshinori Ota Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/intl/?page=&wk=2017W40&id=_fOUTRAGECODA01
  2. ^ "Venice Competition Includes Films From George Clooney, Guillermo del Toro, Darren Aronofsky". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 27 July 2017. 
  3. ^ Macnab, Geoffrey (5 September 2012). "Takeshi Kitano considers making a third Outrage movie". Screen International. 
  4. ^ "Japan Box Office July 3–4, 2010". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  5. ^ D'Amico, Valentina. "Venice started my career: Outrage Coda". September 9, 2017.
  6. ^ Screendaily. "First English-language trailer for Takeshi Kitano's 'Outrage Coda'". July 2017. [1].
  7. ^ ScreenDaily, Jonathan Romney. 9 September 2017. [2].
  8. ^ "Outrage Coda to close Venice 2017". [3].
  9. ^ Outrage Coda. Release information. [4]
  10. ^ "Japan Box Office Report – 10/7~10/8". tokyohive. 6Theory Media, LLC. October 12, 2017. Retrieved October 14, 2017. 
  11. ^ Macnab, Geoffrey (5 September 2012). "Takeshi Kitano considers making a third Outrage movie". Screen International. 
  12. ^ ScreenDaily, Jonathan Romney. 9 September 2017. [5].

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