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856 Ratings

Violent Cop

Sono otoko, kyôbô ni tsuki

Directed by Takeshi Kitano
Japan, 1989
Action, Crime, Drama


Police detective Azuma (Kitano) is loose cannon Dirty Harry-like cop who is constantly in hot water with his superiors.

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Violent Cop Directed by Takeshi Kitano

Awards & Festivals

Awards of the Japanese Academy

1990 | Winner: Most Popular Performer

1990 | Nominee: Best Actor

Critics reviews

Kitano crafted a style that oscillated between deadpan poetry and bursts of surreal violence, using his own stoic (but somehow still strangely expressive) visage as both aesthetic and narrative device.
October 11, 2018
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As vicious as its title suggests, Violent Cop nonetheless boasts a wit typical of its director/star Takeshi “Beat” Kitano, a former stand-up comedian who laces his behind-the-camera debut—which he took the reins of after the initial director backed out—with a dry humor that enhances its bleak brutality.
September 25, 2013
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A painter’s approach to cinema, or perhaps a sculptor’s, chisel stabs and all: To compose and to disfigure are the braided aesthetic ends, the grinning vagabond in the opening image is a dark-toned still life promptly disrupted by off-screen vandals. Borrowing money for bets when not taunting a suspect into taking a bullet, Kitano’s detective is an unblinking comic force continuously swatting at his corrupt surroundings.
January 01, 2010
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