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Boiling Point

(3-4x Jûgatsu)
Japan 1990. Dir: Takeshi Kitano. 96 min. DCP

NEW RESTORATION | Takeshi Kitano is on full boil in his audacious, outrageous second feature; Boiling Point, with its bold blend of shocking violence, deadpan humour, dizzying tonal shifts, and languid, minimalist visuals, sets the template for Kitano triumphs to come. It may also be the only film ever that begins and ends in a Port-A-Potty! Masahiko Ono is hapless, daydreaming Masaki, a gas-station attendant who plays, not very adeptly, amateur baseball. When Masaki’s cluelessness runs him afoul of a gangster, he and a friend hightail it to Okinawa, where they ultimately link up with bad-ass, completely-bonkers Uehara (Kitano himself, as “Beat” Takeshi), a rogue yakuza on a mission of his own. “Kitano’s handling of tones, which range from the grimly depressive to the irreverently hilarious, is amazing. Also amazing is his performance” (Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader). “The funniest film to date from a key ’90s filmmaker” (Geoff Andrew, Time Out).

 

REVIEWS

"Something is rotten in the state of Japan, and the Renaissance man who goes by the name Takeshi Kitano doesn't mind saying so ... Not for the sensitive or squeamish."

New York Times | full review