Boiling Point (1990 film)

Boiling Point, known in Japan as San tai Yon ekkusu Jugatsu (3-4x10月, literally "3 to 4x October"), is a 1990 Japanese crime film written and directed by Takeshi Kitano, who also co-stars under his stage name Beat Takeshi. It was Kitano's second film as a director and first film as a screenwriter. Boiling Point is seen as an important first step in his development as an editor[1] and as a director.[2]

Boiling Point
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Theatrical release poster with the film's domestic title
Directed byTakeshi Kitano
Written byTakeshi Kitano
Produced byKazuyoshi Okuyama
CinematographyKatsumi Yanagishima
Edited byToshio Taniguchi
Distributed byShochiku Co., Ltd.
Release date
  • September 15, 1990 (1990-09-15)
Running time
96 minutes
Box officeUS$1,471

Plot outlineEdit

Masaki is a shiftless, inattentive young man who is a member of a losing local baseball team, whose coach is threatened and attacked by a local yakuza. He teams up with a friend to go to Okinawa to purchase guns so they can get revenge. A psychotic yakuza member named Uehara befriends them upon their arrival in Okinawa. Uehara has his own agenda of revenge, and as the story progresses the two boys drift further into his orbit, with unsettling results.



Kitano's trademark black humor suffuses the film in many ways: at one point, the boy finally does get a gun, but shoots out the windshield of his girlfriend's car by mistake. The film also features comedian Iizuka Minoru, also known as Dankan, who went on to become a Kitano regular (Getting Any?) and Katsuo Tokashiki, who is famous for his kickboxing skills in Japan. He also played a guard in Takeshi Kitano's Takeshi's Castle in the 1980s.

The original title, 3-4X Jugatsu, is the final score of a baseball game played in the film. "Jugatsu" (October) was added to the title, because the most exciting games of baseball, play-off games, are played in October.


  1. ^ Sylow, Henrik. "Biography". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  2. ^ Review of Boiling Point Archived June 20, 2009, at the Wayback Machine by Mike Bracken at

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