Posted on Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 by Russ Fischer
As we get closer to the announcement of the Cannes lineup for this year (that hits tomorrow) there aren’t a huge number of films I’m already excited to see. But a few already stand out. Hell, a new film from Takeshi Kitano is always going to stand out. And when it is his return to gangster pictures — the genre he so eloquently reworked in films like Sonatine — I’m ready for the premiere now.
So until Outrage shows up in Cannes (a near certainty) and we hopefully hear about a US distribution deal, here’s a new Japanese trailer for the film.
Twitch, so frequently quick to showcase new Takeshi Kitano material, has the trailer, via the official site. Like the teaser I posted in January, there aren’t any subtitles on this trailer. And the video quality is pretty low, to boot. Low enough, really, that I almost didn’t post this.
(Translation: if you just thought the January teaser was a bunch of unintelligible shouting, then there might not be a lot here for you — wait for a trailer made for American audiences.)
But when made me pull the trigger (ahem) was a couple of different shots that look simply fantastic. Love the opening image sequence, and there are another half-dozen images throughout this trailer that suggest very good things for the film. The teaser was more about, “hey, here are all the guys who are in this movie,” while this trailer shows a lot more of what they’ll actually do.
Here’s the synopsis, which hasn’t changed since January:
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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…