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Boiling Point (1989)/Violent Cop (1990/Kitano/Film Movement Blu-rays)

Picture: B Sound: B Extras: C Films: C+

From Japanese Director Takeshi Kitano (Battle Royale) and Film Movement comes two nice Blu-ray releases of his early films - the 1989 brutal directorial debut Violent Cop and 1990 comedy/revenge thriller Boiling Point. Both films are brilliantly directed and nicely mastered on Blu-ray disc.

Boiling Point pits a baseball player (Masahiko Ono) out for revenge against a Yazuka gang after their coach is severely injured by some gangsters. Fueled by revenge, the two boys set off to Okinawa to purchase a gun in order to get revenge. There they get befriended by a psychotic Yakuza outcast who is planning a devious revenge plot of his own.

Violent Cop reminds me of Bad Lieutenant meets Dirty Harry and stars Takeshi Kitano himself as Detective Azuma who takes the law into his own hands. While investigating a series of drug-related homicides, Azuma discovers that his close friend and colleague, Iwaki, is supplying drugs from within the police force and soon finds himself an early grave. Azuma's sister is kidnapped shortly after, quenching Azuma's thirst for vengeance.

Both films are presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and a PCM 2.0 Japanese Stereo track with English subtitles. These films look sharp on Blu-ray with incredible detail that I'm sure is a vast improvement over previous releases, but there is controversy that Cop has some issues that we could not confirm by this posting as far as its transfer is concerned. We'll follow up when new information comes to light.

Boiling Point extras include

Okinawa Days: Takeshi's Second Debut featurette

Collectible Booklet

Reversible Cover

Violent Cop extras include

That Man is Dangerous: The Birth of Takeshi Kitano featurette

Collectible booklet

Reversible Cover

Both of these films are fun watches and great if you enjoy stylized Japanese cinema.

- James Lockhart



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