Outrage (2010 film)

Outrage (アウトレイジ, Autoreiji) is a 2010 Japanese yakuza film directed by and starring Takeshi Kitano. It competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. It is followed by Beyond Outrage (2012) and Outrage Coda (2017).

Theatrical release poster
Directed byTakeshi Kitano
Produced by
Written byTakeshi Kitano
StarringBeat Takeshi
Kippei Shiina
Music byKeiichi Suzuki
CinematographyKatsumi Yanagishima
Edited byTakeshi Kitano
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures Japan
Release date
  • 17 May 2010 (2010-05-17) (Cannes)
  • 12 June 2010 (2010-06-12) (Japan)
Running time
109 minutes
Box office¥634 million


The film begins with a sumptuous banquet at the opulent estate of the Grand Yakuza leader Sekiuchi (Soichiro Kitamura), boss of the Sanno-kai, a huge organized crime syndicate controlling the entire Kanto region. He has invited the many Yakuza leaders under his control. After the formal conclusion of the banquet, Kato, the chief lieutenant of Sekiuchi, pulls one of the Yakuza leaders, Ikemoto, aside and makes plain that he is displeased with the news that Ikemoto has become friendly with a rival gang leader, Murase, while the two were unexpectedly imprisoned together. Kato, underboss of the Sanno-kai, orders Ikemoto to bring the unassociated Murase-gumi gang in line, and Ikemoto immediately passes the task on to his subordinate Otomo (Beat Takeshi), who runs his own crew.

Shortly thereafter an incident occurs at a nightclub owned by Murase where a man posing as a customer is inadvertently put through a shakedown for about one million yen. It turns out that this is a member of the Otomo family who has been planted into the nightclub in order to help set-off the conditions for an all-out gang war against the Murase family. Murase, who is completely in the dark concerning his having fallen out of favor with Sekiuchi, tries to ameliorate the situation by relying on his former prison friendship with Ikemoto, not knowing that Ikemoto is under orders to terminate his gang. He accepts Ikemoto's advice several times not suspecting any ill-intentions from Ikemoto and each time he further weakens his strength, his resources and his crime family. In one incident, Otomo leaves vicious scars on the face of Kimura who is Murase's chief lieutenant.

When the dust finally settles from the escalated tensions, Ikemoto and Murase are killed, Otomo is in a maximum security prison, unexpectedly with Kimura, and is stabbed twice in a prison ambush by Kimura in the belly with a makeshift knife. The complex interactions in the film finally come full circle and the film ends with Kato secretly killing Sekiuchi and taking control as the new Grand Yakuza leader of the Sanno-kai organized crime syndicate.



Following a string of more unconventional films with limited commercial success, Takeshi Kitano decided to make Outrage as a film with no other ambition than to be entertaining. He was reluctant to label it as a return to his roots but referred to yakuza films as "a genre for which I have talent". When writing the screenplay, Kitano started by inventing the ways in which characters would be killed in the film, and thereafter wrote a story that would go along with the violence.[1] The film was produced by Office Kitano with Bandai Visual, TV Tokyo and Omnibus Japan.[2] Per the producer's suggestion no actors who had appeared in earlier Kitano films were cast, with the director himself as an exception.[3] It was shot in CinemaScope from 23 August to 23 October 2009. Filming locations included Kobe and Ibaraki Prefecture.[2]


The film premiered in competition at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival where it was screened on 17 May 2010.[4] The Japanese premiere followed on 12 June through a collaboration between Office Kitano and the Japanese subsidiary of Warner Bros.[5] The film had a revenue of 1,597,856 dollars (146,363,610 yen) from 155 screens during the opening weekend, which made it the fourth highest-grossing film in Japan that week.[6] As of 4 July 2010, Box Office Mojo reported a total revenue of 7,230,528 dollars (634,117,307 yen) in the domestic market.[7]


Jesse Cataldo of Slant Magazine gave Outrage 3.5 out of 4 stars.[8] Keith Phipps of The A.V. Club gave the film a "C",[9] and Kevin Jagernauth of IndieWire gave the film a "C-" rating.[10] Rob Nelson of Variety described the film as "a beautifully staged marvel that confidently reasserts Kitano's considerable cinematic gifts."[11]


Kitano returned to Keiichi Suzuki for the complete soundtrack to his film Outrage, the same Japanese composer Kitano had collaborated with for the complete soundtrack to his Zatoichi film. It was their second collaboration on a complete soundtrack for a Kitano film together.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Onda, Yasuko (25 June 2010). "The many faces of Takeshi: Artist, director, comedian or TV talento, the man known as Takeshi Kitano is hard to define". Daily Yomiuri Online. Archived from the original on 28 June 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
  2. ^ a b "English press kit Outrage" (PDF). Celluloid Dreams. May 2010. Retrieved 12 July 2010.
  3. ^ Ishitobi, Noriko (26 June 2010). "Kitano finds laughs even in a bloody gang war". Asahi Shimbun English Web Edition. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
  4. ^ "The screenings guide" (PDF). festival-cannes.com. Cannes Film Festival. Retrieved 9 July 2010.
  5. ^ アウトレイジ (2010): 作品詳細情報. pia-eigaseikatsu.jp (in Japanese). PIA Corporation. Retrieved 10 July 2010.
  6. ^ "Japan Box Office June 12–13, 2010". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 9 July 2010.
  7. ^ "Japan Box Office July 3–4, 2010". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 9 July 2010.
  8. ^ Cataldo, Jesse (28 November 2011). "Outrage - Film Review - Slant Magazine". Slant Magazine.
  9. ^ Phipps, Keith (1 December 2011). "Outrage - Film - Movie Review - The A.V. Club". The A.V. Club.
  10. ^ Jagernauth, Kevin (1 December 2011). "Review: Takeshi Kitano's 'Outrage' Is Beautifully Shot & Well Choreographed But Feels Exhausting, Deflated & Empty". IndieWire.
  11. ^ Nelson, Rob (16 May 2010). "Outrage - Variety". Variety.

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