Sunday 12 August 2018

Melbourne International Film Festival (2) - John Snadden reviews OUTRAGE CODA (Takeshi Kitano, Japan)

It was good to see the third and final instalment in Takeshi Kitano's "Outrage" crime saga. OUTRAGE CODA (2017) has Japan's lovable yakuza psychopath, Otomo, now living in South Korea and working for a crime gang run by local kingpin, Mr Chang. Otomo fails in an attempt to stave off a gang war between the Japanese and the Koreans.
From the torture of prostitutes to a megadeath machine gun massacre, Otomo is mostly front and centre in this, at times, labyrinthine narrative. For this pic, his partner in crime is played by Nao Ohmori (ICHI THE KILLER), a stone cold killer...and occasional angler.
Some aficionados might find the final twist a bit hard to take - but I suspect director, writer and star Beat Takeshi wouldn't have it any other way.
The film looked and sounded great on the big screen at Melbourne Central.

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