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    BROTHER (2001) by "Beat" Takeshi Kitano
    Anaki, a Yakuza (Japanese mafia) gangster is exiled to Los Angeles after his crime boss is murdered in a Tokyo gang war. He ends up in South Central and organizes his own gang implementing Japanese methodology. This film takes from both Japanese gangster culture and "Hood" gangster society.

    What sequences were most effective and why? This movie is a blending between Beat Kitano's HANA=BI style and American gangster style. He uses techniques of both in the film.

    Remember, the Japanese of a "code of honor" that comes from samurai society. There's a lot of things the Japanese do that seems completely foreign to the Los Angeles gangsters. Explain the meaning of the ending of the film and why Anaki does what he does.

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2006-05-06 22:58 (link)
This movie was cool because it did brought different cultures together and it shows how not all people are racist and how different cultures can get alone. this film also shows how some people after being enemies can become really good friends ,like when Anaki almost blind one of the guys and then later they become friends.the difference between Hollywood films and this one I think is the silence and at the end the main character dies unlike Hollywood movies.

The action in this movie is cool because Anaki comes with good stuff and ends up winning because he doesn’t really care if he kills or not .there were good scenes, like the scene of when Anaky and his brother were with the Mexican mafia and then the plan doesn’t comes like his brother thought, but Anaky had guns under the table so they killed them kind of tells you to always have a “plan B” A part that leaves you like “what wrong with this guy” is the part when one of Anaky’s mafia member s kills himself because he wanted the mafia to be bigger.this tells you what people are willing to do for the things they want.

The meaning to the film it might be to tell us that some people are really bad and that cultures can work together and get alone. I didn’t really like the ending of the film it wasn’t like really excited it was just a guy driving a car and talking, it didn’t really had action. I think that Anaky gave the money to his friend because he likes him and he wanted him to keep living .Anaky went outside because he didn’t really care if he dies or not and nothing really matter to him anymore.

I like this movie, it was a good movie.

Jeffrey pivaral per.2

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Vanessa Bughaw
2006-05-08 10:19 (link)
Brother clashed with many cultures, cultures of the japanese, americans, latinos, and the italians. This movie was unique because of its back and forth gangster cultures mixing its way of honor. The japanese gangster style ways was brought to america by Aniki and was slowly coming together. One of the scenes that made this movie effective was the scene where the japanese gang is having a dinner and the two men show their serious honor for the leader of the gang. I believe that scene was effective because it showed the viewers how gangsters...the japanese in particular, are extremely willing to do anything to show the leader how much respect and honor they have for him. The two men literally hurt themselves to show their respect for the leader. One man shows the insides of his stomach and one chops his finger off and gives it to the leader. That is, to me, ultimate respect!

In the beginning of the movie Kitano once again uses silence. The effectiveness on silence is to some what confuse the audience. Let us figure out what Aniki is thinking while what goes around him. Bit after the beginning of the movie he begins to gradually talk and then again go back to silence. I think the more intense Aniki's situations get he becomes quiet and sort of let things go its ways.

The reason Aniki leaves the money with his friend was because of his respect for him. Aniki felt that he learned well and was very respectful and willing to do things for the other gangsters, so aniki left the money with the other guy and was left to be killed.

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Brenton Rojas
2006-05-08 21:24 (link)
Brother was a good movie that showed a lot of different things from different cultures. This particular director used Japanese cultures and gang life and blended it with American gang life and the American lifesytle. The different styles were shown in the way that the different gangs were interacting with the others. Anaki showed how the Japanese gangsters act which is by being very loyal and showing your loyalty by any which way you can and by instead of talking about something you let your actions speak louder than words. The Japanese gangsters were using different ways of torture to other gang members as well as their own. When they were chopping off the fingers of everyone. The scene that was good that I sort of got and sort of didn't was the ending. The way Anaki left the baf of money in the car when he gave the car to omar epps. I thought that Anaki was going to kill him or something because he made him get out of the car and had a gun with him. Something that was effective was the way that Anaki was acting while he was in the diner and he gave the diner worker money and said that it was for the damage. Anaki showed how he accepted the gangster lifestyle and didn't really get scared of the other members that were going to shoot at him. Another scene that was funny was how Anaki would cheat at the dice game and winning money. That showed how Anaki was adapting to the American culture and how Omar Epps was thinking that he had the edge on Anaki. That showed how the two different cultures are more similar than other people know. I like the note that Anaki left saying this was for the time he cheated and a little interest. The ending was cool because it shows how Anaki was being loyal to his gang and wasn't going to let the other guys scare him. He maybe was letting his ego get the best of him or just simply he is a prideful man and wanted to go out like a warrior or a samurai hero. The differences that Kitano showed between the two cultures were just how creative the Japanese gangster are and how they were always thinking a step ahead and how they always had another plan. Like at the meeting with the Mexican gangsters and how the restroom was occupied, and yet Anaki had a plan already figured out because he had the guns taped under the tables and ready for use.

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Laura Sims
2006-05-08 22:21 (link)
This film was alright, not really of what I expected.

The one thing that made this film interesting was the fact that there were three different types of ethnic background throughout this film that worked together, and one other group that did not. The mixture between the racial backgrounds seemed to make the film odd, and it seemed to make it more Hollywood. Well I guess because it dealt with mostly American background, but dealt with Japanese customs. You could tell when in the film, the customs had mixed, and changed to one. In the beginning, Aniki's brothers drug dealing gang, where dressed in American gang attire, or at least what many are used to seeing, and once Aniki came in the clothing style changed fast. From baggy clothing, to suits and ties, a huge difference. Though the place that had all the cultures in was the meeting place of Aniki's gang, there was a basketball court, a relaxing place, a meeting room, it just seemed to have all the backgrounds combined, which also seemed like a relaxing place too. Another custom that was combined together was that of the Japanese “Honor,” it seemed as though the Japanese cared for each other than that of the American gangsters. The “honor that they had was cutting off their own finger, or like Aniki’s friend, who killed himself to have the two groups join as one. Now that particular scene showed trust and exactly “honor.”

One particular thing that I loved the most out of this scene, was the silence, it seemed as though you were coming from Aniki’s point of view, with him not knowing English, which was the only time that it seemed to be silence. Making it seemed the audience didn’t know English either. Another time silence was used was from the view point of the Americans, not knowing what Aniki and his friend was saying, it just seemed to connect the two different backgrounds together. With this particular strategy, it made this film connect with the different backgrounds.

There has been a couple of scenes that have been stuck with me, first was when Aniki first meets Omar Epps (sorry don’t know his characters name), but it just seemed to show, how much two different “worlds” could be. I loved how the camera was coming from Aniki’s point of view, but with the audience making their own words, their imagination making out the words. Another scene was when the war between the Italians, and Aniki’s gang began, the shootings, it just seemed so Hollywood to me, which then explains the groups coming together. I loved how the sound played an important part in this particular scene, and how light was also important. Darkness, not knowing what was happening, but your imagination taking part, and you never were being showed.

The last scene was an important part, with him having Omar Epps leave, telling him to leave, is what had happened to him back in Tokyo ( I think Tokyo or where ever), he was giving him a chance, and letting the leader think he killed him. It was to let him start a whole entire life, a chance to have a second chance. It was something a “Brother” would do.

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David Dominguez
2006-05-09 01:54 (link)
i liked this movie. i thought that this movie was very kool. i really liked the way the director combined the two very different cultures in this film. on one hand you have the gangster from japan who is very quiet and just straight to the point and then you have the gangsters from l.a. who are very loud and like to talk alot. i think that anaki gave the money to omar epps character because he didnt want him to be just like him and he wanted him to just live free. i think that he ended his life like that because he doesnt want to continue to doing what he is doing. so he decides to just end his life going out shooting. i really liked that scene when anaki gets killed because you never see him die you just the door get shot up and you see the other guys lower their guns and get into their cars and leave. i think that the director does this because it gives you a sense of closier to anaki's life. i give this film two thumbs up. great holiday fun!

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2006-05-09 02:06 (link)
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I thought this film was very exciting. THere was this connection and collaboration with Japanese and American styles put into this one film and because of this, the outcome of the tone set throughout left the audience wanting BROTHER II. (Even though everyone knows that usually the first film is always better than the second.) Anaki is the coolest asian gangster I've ever seen. Even though he is aggresive, he uses silence to show this greater power; that he can be silent and still be dominant. Because of his aggressive nature and sometimes illogical rational, he does not fall to the bosses that have taken over as his own boss is murdered in the gang war in Tokyo. The brotherhood of this gang is very strong, therefore one of the brothers exile him to another country. Anaki was not only at war in Tokyo, but America as well, as he befriended an old younger brother from Japan and his companions in South Central.

I believe one of hte most influential parts of the film is when Anaki's friend that was greatly loyal to him in Tokyo shot himself in order for the 2 big gang families to join together. He counted on the word of that leader to keep it and with that was the death of one member. This gave the film a great intensive tone that displayed how much loyalty and brotherhood is a matter of life and death. They would do anything for each other. From this point on, the leader from the other gang kept his word and the two conjoined as one, creating very powerful territories. More joined within this and thus there was subgangs and such. Anaki's gang was on a high and it was all thanks to that loyal confidante that died out of the friendship and brotherhood with Anaki. But all good things must come to an end eventually. Beat Kitano utilized the same stylistic ideas in this film but mixed it with that GHETTO HOOD feeling of what one might consider a Gangster film here. Then there was that Mafia Sophisticated style that is done in the italian gang films and such. We got to see all the types of gangs, which, in my opinion, was awsome. One sequence that I thought was quite good was when Danny dropped his wine because he bumped into Anaki for the first time. He was yelling at him and the camera slashed out all the sound and just Danny speaking into the camera but as if Anaki was deaf. All we see is the rude anger given by Danny through his facial expression. As americans we know what the curse words that are being spoken. ANd Anaki isnt totally stupid and illiterate to teh english language. And therefore Anaki retaliates with force.

Anaki chose to die with honor and die with his sword at hand - that is what is meant about the code of honor. In that Japanese Code of Honor, one must die like a samurai. Even when the leader of that otehr LA gang was assassined and they decided to retaliate to redeem his death. Because of that, this unravelled the downfall for Anaki's crew.

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It's not a burden, but a sacrifice.
2006-05-09 02:10 (link)
This film was... weird to put it bluntly. I enjoyed it and everything though! It was just the whole mixture, it was nice to see an interracial film for a change, I suppose that's what made it strange since one wouldn't imagine these ethnically different gangs merge/clash like this on the screen.

Hmm... The sequences that i remember the most would have to be the ones in which gangs members had to sacrifice parts of their bodies, and even themselves because of their custom, their "code of honor". What makes these sequences brutally effective is that every time someone is about to cut a finger off, we expectedly clench our teeth in anticipation of what we'll be seeing next only to be directed elsewhere, thus leaving us to our imaginations. This almost seems like an old trick in the book, but is as effective as ever especially when the sounds are emphasized to intensify the moment. Somehow, it just makes us, the audience, more in tune with the character's physical beings, just hearing their aching voices...

The code of honor is quite admirable. And something very farfetched from our reality since suicide is considered sinful (eh, at least for catholics). The Japanese obviously have a very strong sense of respect for those they are bonded to, and to commit such an act would seem like too much of a burden to take on when one thinks about joining a Japanese gang, but it doesn't seem as if they see it that way, they're like, much more closer than family it would seem. Impressive. Which brings me to the ending... It was Aniki's duty to give up his life, especially when being held at gunpoints in the middle of a war. He knew it would never end and he didn't want (I don't remember the guy's name, but the one that Aniki gave the money bag to!) HIM to get killed since his real brother ran off like a coward (so not honor-worthy) and HE stayed by Aniki's side, it's as if HE has taken the place as Aniki's "Brother", therefore the honorable thing to do is sacrifice himself for his "Brother", right? Haha, all intuition.

Well, I just hope you didn't get lost in all that... I just can't remember the guy's name... This was actually a very touching movie...

-Joyce Mojica

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Daniel Guevarra
2006-05-09 02:10 (link)
Brother shows the "love" one man could have for another man and the things they do for eachother no matter what the consquences. This movie shows Japanese and their honor mixed with the hood tricks of south central and together bring a crazy bloody gangster Flick. The movie was shot very well with its cuts away from the gory action and either back into it or after it but in your mind you know whats going on regardless. For example when the head boss of the yakuza got mad he made him cut his finger off and he started to do it then it cut away to his face then he showed his finger.

I think the scene where Anaki's friend from the yakuza shot himself just so that the other gang would join with Anaki's was very powerful in showing the devotion and loyality that he had for Anaki. He was ready and willing to end his life just for Anaki to gain more power and not even think twice about if the other gang wouldnt join even though he killed himself. You can tell when he uses his Hana-Bi Style, for example the silence was a big thing in Hana-Bi. I think the comedy was more american gangster style along with the violent scenes that played out in the movie.

The Japanese "Code of Honor" is really big in Anaki's life and former gang because they do things that Los Angeles gagnster wouldnt dare think of doing, for example if you mess you have to cut off your own finger, to me only the code of honor can make a man do something like that. I think the ending of the film shows that Anaki knew what was going to happen and instead of having every single one of them get wiped out and who better then his favorite and most loved "brother". I guess thats just what brothers do for eachother.

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alfredo alvarez
2006-05-09 23:09 (link)
this film has alot of silent scenes that explain the horror of the crime by their image. The killing and cutting of the finger for self respect and devotion to the family is extremly astonishing.The asian films are my favorite because the gangster image from their point of view is more crutial and grusom they show the bond of the family and no fear for what ever comes their way its great

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2006-05-10 02:06 (link)
umm, Brother was not one of my favorite films, however it was not horrible! Um I guess the japanese gang versus the american gang was interesting. The only scene that I liked was When Anaki stabbed the dude in the eye, and later find out that he was a friend of his brother. The violence in this film was very blunt, they left nothing out. The structure was understandable, the I liked the camera movement. THe funniest sequence was the scene at the card table, when they were playing with the dice. The whole time Anaki fooled the other dude, and ened up winning!

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2006-05-10 21:16 (link)
i liked this movie even though the movie was quite gruesome. i mean you'd expect it becuase of the filmmaker. beat takeshi kitano has this theme with his movies to make the audience squirm with the things that he puts on his film.

the sequence that i found amazing was when anaki's friend and anaki's brother wanted to talk to the boss in little tokyo so that they can combine their gangs together, and that way, they would be unstoppable. they were badly rejected because the boss in little tokyo said that he didnt need them because he could do it all by himself. so anaki's friend goes back up there and talks to the boss and he said that if he would stake his life for anaki. the boss said do it and anaki's friend staked himself for anaki. i think that the boss underestimated anaki's friend. he thought like anyone would that nobody would risk their life for anybody. each person values their life more than anything in the world, but in anaki's friend's case, he didnt care about his life as long as anaki got want he wanted which was to ally with the other gangsters.

i liked how japanese film style and american gangster style was blended together to make this movie. i mean you see the difference, in the beginning you see anaki's brother dealing drugs for the big gangsters guy. he used silence in this film and it was good.. i mean you dont hear anything from him.. especially when he encounters one of his brother's friend. he sees the guy's lips moving but you dont hear any sound from him.

the japanese "code of honor" that comes from a samurai society is really bloody. for instance, when the guy tarnished the celebration because he was pointing out aniki's other friend that is an outsider of the group, he had to cut off his pinky. that was really weird. you would have expected him to be beat up till he cant take anymore, instead he cut off his own finger. without any scream or sound at all. that's really a horrible code but it must be good at the same time because everyone follows that code.

in the end, anaki doesnt run away like all the other members like his brother, but instead he faces his enemies. he faces the trouble which he put himself into. i think that the code of honor is that you have to face whatever trouble you get yourself into. no matter how bad it may be... you have deal with it. you're responsible for your own mistake and that's what aniki did. he created this war between the american gangster who was allied with the mexican gangsters, so now he had to end what he started even if that meant going out there and sacrificing himself.

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Mark Cevallos
2006-05-14 22:06 (link)
This for me, was one of Takeshi's best movies. The film was put together well, with a combination of different cultures, and race. Parts filmed in Japan and in California. There was a combination of humor, dark humor, and almost intense shooting scenes. The scene where you got Takeshi and the Black guy who Befriends him playing around with the captive, making the captive choose different strings to see witch one triggered the gun,was one of best scenes in this movie for me.Takeshi's way of expressing companionship, between different kinds of race, and the acting was good. Takeshi's character is very similar to the one in Hana-bi. He spoke not much english, he was silent at times, spoke Japanese most of the time. The final scene where he gets shot down is great, because it leaves you wanting to know what happens next. This is a true Gangster movie.

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2006-05-15 02:41 (link)
The movie "Bother" was a interesting film.I like the way this movie was structure.In the beginning of the movie Kitano once again uses silence. The effectiveness on silence is to some what confuse the audience.This movie was unique because of its back and forth gangster cultures mixing its way of honor. The photograph of the film was interesting how the director showned diff. type of cultures can get alone or in some cases maybe not.
There were a lot of scene that still in my mind the one scene when Aniki first meets Omar Epps (sorry don’t know his characters name), but it just seemed to show, how much two different “worlds” could be. I loved how the camera was coming from Aniki’s point of view, but with the audience making their own words, their imagination making out the words. over all this movie was okey.

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Lauren A.
2006-05-15 21:37 (link)
A little late but better late than never...I hope!

Brother was a film that has a great impact and impression on the viewer. Some of the characters come on very strong and each of the gangs contribute to this as well. In this film, Aniki is very similar as his character in Hana-Bi in that he is extremely violent, the silent type, and is involved in a gang. He is also not afraid of anyone and isn't scared to die and we see this through his very blunt actions and personality. He is such a dominant and strong character and his story and personality are a great base and end for the film. There were many effective scenes throughout the film. One such scene is the scene where back in japan his friend who sent him away cuts his insides open to "reveal what is inside him" after he is accused by one of his fellow gangsters who gets in trouble for "ruining the mood" and in turn cuts his own finger off and gives it to the head of the gang. Here we see just how extreme these japanese men are and what they will inflict upon themselves. We also see extremity when Aniki's friend shoots himself in the head to show his loyalty to Aniki and to persuade him to join the gang. The guy knows how serious he was and joins up with Aniki's gang. Effective in a different way from the rest of the film were the scenes in which Aniki and Danny bonded. The first time was when they first met and they are left alone and they are playing the dice game and Aniki cheats, then at the end he apologizes and gives him all of that money and the car so he could escape safely. It shows the connection those two had that was very unlikely but was still there. They had a bond and looked out for each other till the very end, and it was very peculiar and ironic but added to this very culturally diverse gangster film.

I love the way these two extremely different gangster cultures blend so smoothly in this film. Aniki is a very powerful person, and we especially see this when he establishes the gang in Los Angeles. I love that there were Latinos, Blacks and japanese invoved and over time more and more people joined. We see the "Hood" element of the film play out in the characters who live there and the city life of Los angeles and the ghetto area they live in. I love the scene where they all go to Danny's mom party where there are mostly black people but she is so friendly and welcoming and Aniki, out of respect, buys her gifts and also Danny's girlfriend as well. It is just the way that the Japanese are; very respectful and loyal and they seem very stoic in this film. It is beautiful how these two very different worlds and lifestyles come together to form this family and this gang that become very powerful, and even overpower the Mexican Mafia (which is crazy because they are in LA) until they touch the untouchables: The Italian Mob. After this point in the film, we see the gang Aniki started start to fall apart and each member begins to die one by one whilst this gang war is raging on. I love how each of the dies and it starts come down to the originals which is Aniki and his younger brother, the latino guy, and the two black guys. It is like they Rose up to power with each other and they fell down together and this I think connects to that Japanese code of honor to stay loyal no matter what and to do anything for your BROTHERs. Some of the things that are very foreign to Los Angeles gangsters were adapted by Aniki and his gain and they lived that type of lifestyle along with the L.a lifestyle and it made for an excellent display of love for one another, gangs, violence, war, loyalty and honor.

This film was a film I found very interesting because of the way that Kitano uese his characters and the way they influence each other and the story of the movie itself. These two totally opposite countries and gangs come together and make for a wonderful gangster movie that is unique in its own way.

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joshua mueller
2006-05-17 13:01 (link)
i think that the thing that i really like about this film was the mixture of japanese and american gangster lives. i have never seen this done before and if i have i dont remember it and must most not have cared for it. i think that it was great how this " dont-give-a-fuck" gangster from japan came and turned his brother and their wannabe gangster friends into some real down gangsters. i thnk that the later combination of the two different lifestyles were great together but i think it was a shame how the ended up getting torn apart by the mafia. that leads me to one of my favorite scenes i like how the director filmed that scene of hime dying. he shows him walk out the bar after giving the old man some money for the repairs knowing he is going to die, and then going outside and showing the bullets coming through the door showing how musch ammo the mafia had and then how they showed all the guns but not showing him get shot up until later until after the director showed what he was going against and how it was almost impossible that he would die. i also love the effect of the beat up little gym bag that had all the money and stuff in it had on the black brother of his. i think that the name alone had a great a wonderful meaning because his reall brother tried to run away and leave him when time got rough but the new brother that he made stuck though to the end and how he made it to were the black guy could get away.

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Tanya Cabrera
2006-05-18 20:51 (link)
This is the first movie that i see different races involved in the mafia. This film was different from all the other films because it begins with a black guy trying to mess around with him, but toward the end we figure out that the friend of the black guy is his brother. It's interesting because throughout the movie theres this type of mystery of whats in the bag. They also have problems with other mafias and little by little they become more important and begin to take over. Throughout the whole film we get surprised with scenes that we don't expect. An example would be when they have a meeting with the mexican mafia and at the end they kill them all. It was a shocking and intersting scene because througout that scene you expect things to get solved between them. The movie takes a piece of everybodys culture and shows you how they learn from each other and how there friendship grows eventhough there are many differences between them.

A scene that was unexpected and had some culture involved in it is when one of the guy tell the mafia that they want to bond with them when they reject he makes a statement and he kills himself to prove he wasn't lying to them. It's interesting how the Japanese mafia makes a big deal of respect. Everybody is willing to do anything as long as they get the respect they deserve, but they do it in a different manner compare to American films. Everything about this film was different because of the mixture of different cultures including the end scene when he dies. It's different from all the movies i have watched.

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PaTtY pAdIlLa =)
2006-06-05 14:39 (link)
Brother was such a great film!!! i loVed the way he combined these two different cultires in this movie.Takeshi kitano used a combination of LA gangsters and Japanese Gangsters..How do you that? it was such a great combination.. i think that the character of anaki was like hana-bi.. they both share that total silence but then out know where itll just surprise you with something tragic or some kind of comedy..!!! i love anakis character hes so sorcastic, so brave like when he pokes that guys eye out...that was amazing and funny at the same time because later on they meet again. anaki is so silent so straight forward to what hes going to do.
I some how felt that anaki was the teacher of those young gangsters...i mean they moved up thanks to anaki... i love the violence in this film...for example when they were trying to make a dea with that mexican mafia..and they get the deal they wanted and anaki and the translator just get the weapons from under the table and they just start shooting everybody in the room.. everything he plans out turns out to be the way he wanted it to be.
this was a good film ...i loved how they combined the cultures together

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Jordan M.
2006-06-08 23:15 (link)
The scene that made something go off in my mind was when Anaki fist comes to L.A. and is introduced to his who turns out to be his "brother" (the black guy) the two met or bumped into each other and right then and there, ther was conflict. the conflict was cause of the american "hood" gangster style. i relly like how that scene played out and the culture clash are very noticeable. I feel "beat" kitano is right, or at least its the sameway i fel that americans are I feel he's trying to tell us his point of view of americans and how they are ignorant. ignorant because americans think that just because a person 's not american or united stadian as i like to say, that the person is lessor stupid or something and so head gangster try to talk down on those people when they are probably the stupid ones.
I think the whole point of this movie is to send a message to us United Stadianof how tings are in other cultures, and how ganster do go by "codes of honor".

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Adriana Alejandre
2006-06-15 04:44 (link)
The one guy you trust to get your back when a whole city's trying to put a bullet in it.In the beginning of the movie Kitano once again uses silence. The effectiveness on silence is to some what confuse the audience. A Japanese Yakuza gangster is exiled to the United States. Takeshi settles in Los Angeles where his younger, half brother lives and finds that although the turf is new, the rules are still the same as they try to take over the local drug trade.

In this particular scene.. Ken takes the photo of the potential blackmail victim with his right hand while his left hand is on the table. In the close-up he's holding it with both hands, and then he returns the picture with his right hand while his left hand is on the table again. hahahaha ... funny.. aint it??

Brother is set in America as Kitano's character travels to US from Japan, and starts new life there.

The violence is very brutal and challenging but definitely not gratuitous or exploitative. Kitano's violence is always very symbolic and sudden, and not necessarily realistic. These films analyze many aspects of violence as a tool of communicating for weak souls.The film turns against the viewer and makes him think what he just said and accepted.The film criticizes yakuza also pretty much and with the director's personal style, as there are numerous scenes involving yakuza rites and codes of honor.

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Josh Gabon
2006-06-15 21:08 (link)
One sequence that portrayed the difference in culture between the Japanese and the Americans was the scene where that dude was all like "dude u wanna see what I'm hiding inside me (something like that)?" and then he cut himself in the stomach to show the dude that was silently accusing him of hiding something that nothing was hidden inside him. It wasnt the actual showing the inside of the stomach that proved the mans faithfulness and obedience to the gang, but the fact that he would kill himself for the gang. I guess he died an honorable death because he killed himself to show loyalty, but he also embarassed the guy who accused him of being disloyal. So he cut off his finger as an apology of killing the mood. Things seem to be really hardcore for these japanese folk. They do some weird stuff for some weird reasons. Cause if its not the American way, its weird.
In the end, Aniki goes down like a man. He does not run away, and as the leader of the gang, he accepts defeat for the gang. He simply walked out of the restaurant and died. He did this for his best friend, now that the leader is dead and accepted the fact that he lost, the italian mob is done (i think). Well yea, Aniki was cool.


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