Director: Takeshi Kitano
Starring: Beat Takeshi, Toshiyuki Nishida, Tatsuo Nadaka, Hakuryû, Ikuji Nakamura, Sansei Shiomi, Yutaka Matsushige, Kanji Tsuda, Ren Osugi
Otomo (Beat Takeshi) is a former Yakuza retired in South Korea who works as a fixer for Mr Cheng’s gang. When a visiting Yakuza roughs up some working ladies Otomo pays him a visit and demands reparations, instead one of Cheng’s men ends up dead. One of the top Yakuza tries to settle the situation but their money is refused.
Complicating matters is the Yakuza politics as the chairman decides to bump off his right hand man to clear things up. Things don’t go according to plan and Otomo ends up going over to Japan to settle some scores.
This film is the third of a triology but you don’t really need to have seen the other two movies to follow the story. There are a lot of characters introduced in a short time and a lot of dialog in the Yakuza meeting scenes. It is also a sausagefest with a lot of macho on display.
For a Yakuza movie there is hardly any violence at all for the first hour or so, when Otomo finally goes into action it kicks it up a gear with the body count in one scene matching entire movies.
Otomo is not really around for the first part of the movie and there are a lot of scenes with the Yakuza where they are just talking.
There were some laughs from the movie with a few of the situations being a bit absurd.
Beat Takeshi was great in this and is a real force of nature once his character gets more screen time.
It is a shame there won’t be any more in this series as Otomo is a great character but he goes out on his own terms.