ASIAN FILM - Review
09:21 - 14th March 2013, by Calum Waddell

Deadly Outlaw Rekka

Takashi Miike may be one of the world's most prolific directors but, despite the intensity of his output, it is hard to deny that each of his efforts displays a distinct style and sensibility. This is never more true than with his 2002 yakuza yarn Deadly Outlaw Rekka, which follows in the footsteps of both Takeshi Kitano - who is arguably Miike's closest contemporary - and the filmmaker's own, earlier ventures into the genre (notably with his Young Thugs series). Of course, this one also comes in the wake of Miike's success with Audition and Visitor Q, so there is a quota of madness here that, one suspects, few other filmmakers would try and get away with. Highlights include a gentleman blasted into a building via a rocket launcher and a spray of blood that, literally, covers the entire camera. That said, the story, somewhat inevitably, does not venture too off-track - this is still the same old silliness about gangsters killing other gangsters - but the yakuza film was never exactly noted for its originality in the first place. Consequently, if you happen to be a fan of the form, Deadly Outlaw Rekka is about as good as it gets. And if you can't stand the sight of screen testosterone trying to terminate one another, well... at least you get Sonny Chiba in this particular example of the genre. Now who can argue with that?

Deadly indeed - a hard-hitting bout of yakuza kookiness.
SCORE: 4/5
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