A solid return to form.
It's always good to see Japanese actor/director "Beat" Takeshi Kitano appear back on the big screen. Previous efforts like " Boiling Point", "Sonatine" and " Zaitoichi" and his appearance in "Battle Royale" have made Takeshi Japan's biggest export.
Here we see the director on familiar ground in a tale of deceit, violence and dishonour amongst two rival Yakuza gangs. The steady build up (which will be familiar to Takeshi fans) make the scenes of sporadic violence have more of an impact on the viewer when they happen.
Scenes of DIY dentistry and ear flossing via chopsticks being the most memorable acts of retribution on the agenda.
The direction and editing are all first class as per usual and the Blu- ray transfer is crisp. My only caveat is that the sheer amount of treachery and double crossing going on can make it a bit hard to keep up with on one or two occassions but persevere until the end and all will be revealed.
This is a good solid Japanese gangster movie and a return to form for the great man. All in all a recommended purchase for Takeshi fans and a good place to start for those unfamiliar with his work.