Other Movies Seen By This Director (1)
|09.25.12||Alamo South Lamar||This Screening is part of event: FantasticFest 2012|
The sequel to last year's surprisingly non-weird Yakuza movie from Takeshi Kitano. I'm still not very versed in his earlier stuff so the relative straight-forwardness of it didn't bother me at all and I thought it was a solid gangster movie with a suitably convoluted plot. The sequel is on par with the first I think. I spent a little time wondering what the sequel could possibly be considering just about everyone died in the first movie but they get around that with a minimal amount of retconning and I was actually surprised at how quickly the story picked right up and started moving again. This one pays a bit more attention to the skeevy dirty cop and deals with the aftermath of the new boss's hostile takover. Like the last one, there's about a thousand characters and tons of plot going by pretty quickly but it's never boring, I never felt any strange leaps in logic, and really the only bad thing I can say about the movie is that the ending is pretty soft. It seems destined for a third film to make it a trilogy, which I have no problem with. Good solid movie.