In his explosive directorial debut Japanese renaissance man-cum-comedian-extraordinaire Takeshi “Beat” Kitano plays vicious rogue homicide Detective Azuma who takes on a sadistic crime syndicate only to discover widespread internal corruption in the police force. Facing criminal charges for his unorthodox “Dirty Harry” type methods, Azuma finds himself caught in a web of betrayal and intrigue that sends him on a bloody trail of vengeance. But when his sister is kidnapped by a sadistic drug lord, Azuma’s tactics escalate towards an apocalyptic climax.
Beautifully restored in HD, this classic film is now released for the first time in North America on Blu Ray.
– New Collector’s Edition art by Benjamin Marra, the influential comic creator, commissioned exlusively for retrospective screenings and the Blu Ray/DVD re-release.
– Nominated for 2 Awards of the Japanese Academy (Japan’s equivalent of the Academy Awards), including winning Best Actor and Most Popular Performer.
– Bonus Features, include: 20-minute featurette, That Man Is Dangerous: The Birth of Takeshi Kitano; original Violent Cop trailer; new Violent Cop HD re-release trailer .
– Package, includes: Collector’s Booklet, featuring film essay by Tom Vick, the Asian film Curator for the Freer and Sackler Galleries (The Smithsonian’s Museums of Asian Art); cast and crew credits; chapter breaks; stills.