Director Takeshi Kitano and 12 of the cast of his new gangster movie “Outrage Beyond” attended the film’s Japan premiere in Tokyo this week.
Joining the 65-year-old actor-director were Toshiyuki Nishida, 64, Tomokazu Miura, 60, Ryo Kase, 37, Katsumi Takahashi, 47, and Akira Nakao, 70, among others. All the actors play gangsters in the film, which is a sequel to the 2009 film “Outrage.”
A complex tale of warring yakuza families, “Outrage Beyond” tells the story of the boss of a family once crushed by the Sanno crime clan, who gets out of prison and goes on a bloody revenge spree.
“Every single actor in my film has the quality to be a main character, so I paid whatever it took to get them,” Kitano told the audience.
The film was highly rated at the recent Venice International Film Festival. “When I made the first film, the reaction was love-it-or-hate-it,” Kitano said. “I had to make Part II because I was furious about all the mindless recent violent movies. I am relieved that the audience liked this one.”
Some members of the cast said it was a dream come true to be in a Takeshi Kitano movie.