Newly released from prison and determined to go straight, former Yakuza boss Ôtomo (writer/director Takeshi Kitano) becomes a key pawn in an anti-gang detective's bid to destroy two prominent crime families in this sequel to the 2010 hit Outrage. When the old guards of the Sanno crime family grow wary of the young executives' methods, crafty detective Kataoka senses an opportunity to pit the Sannos against their local rivals the Hanabishis. But first, Kataoka needs a catalyst in order to light the fuse on the bloody feud. Enter Ôtomo, the veteran gangster thought to be dead by most of his former partners in crime. In reality, Ôtomo has just emerged from prison, and he's ready to enjoy a peaceful retirement. Unfortunately for Ôtomo, that's not in the cards, and once he's back on the street, the countdown to chaos begins.~Jason Buchanan
Making of: Outrage "Further" Beyond (62 minutes)
Ryo KaseIshihara - Underboss of the Sanno
Toshiyuki NishidaNishino - Underboss of the Hanabishi
otomo is back and lives! it almost felt like the first two outrage movies should have been combined as this is just a continuation of what happened from the first film, not a fresh story with the same characters. I felt like he should have stopped here though as the third was unfortunately forgetful.
Takeshi Kitano is one of Japan's major stars and for over 20 years he has bee directing Yakuza films that are notable for their nihilism and long build ups to abrupt and staggeringly violent climaxes. Beyond Outrage is the first sequel to any of his yakuza films; picking up immediately after his film Outrage (which you should watch first). Beyond Outrage mixes up some classic elements from Japanese cinema, such as a detective who seems to think he is like Toshiro Mifune's Yojimbo and can manipulate rival yakuza families into destroying one another, and crime film tropes. While it is still enjoyable for fans of the genre, there is really nothing new to see here and Kitano's style is probably the reason this is even an enjoyable film at all. Video and audio are strong (no surprise since this is a new movie) and the blu ray does offer an hour long making of feature which is more than we tend to get from non-criterion foreign film releases. I can only confidently recommend this to fans of Kitano and yakuza films.