Violent Cop: at the Institue of Contemporary Arts

Kitano’s dazzling debut feature, where he stars as a ruthless cop who attempts to save a corrupt colleague involved in organised crime.
Dir Takeshi Kitano, Japan 1989, 89 mins, Cert 18, subtitles.
Date: Monday 29 December 2008
Time: 2:00 pm
Ticket price: £5 for everyone all day Monday.
Venue: Cinema 2, ICA, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH
Box Office: 020 7930 3647

Violent Cop is a 1989 Japanese film directed by and starring Takeshi Kitano. It was Kitano’s directorial debut, and marked the beginning of his career as a filmmaker.
Kitano plays sociopathic detective Azuma, a Dirty Harry-type whose single-mindedness leads him to self-destruction. After the death of his friend and colleague Iwaki, and the kidnapping of his sister by yakuza gangsters, Azuma breaks all the rules of ethical conduct. He responds to every situation with violence, and resorts to unethical methods if they produce results…

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