Brother

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Released 2001

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Director:
Takeshi Kitano
Released:
2001
Rating:
R
Brother is the story of a displaced yakuza gangster (played by Kitano), whose crime family is annihilated in a Tokyo gang war. He flies to LA in search of his brother. Stranded in an unfamiliar culture, he strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young hustler (Epps), as they engage in a violent struggle to take over the down-town LA drug turf.

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  • 70

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Mr. Kitano directed, edited and wrote Brother -- and his style of close-to-the-vest brutality travels extremely well.

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Gene Seymour

    While Yamamoto's bullets never miss, Kitano's attempt at tragic grandeur of "Godfather"-esque proportions misses to an almost embarrassing degree.

  • 30

    Variety

    The mix feels flat and the story remains a fairly banal account of underworld exploits whose emotional gears never fully engage.

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assasination, adrenaline junkies