Brother is a 2000 film starring, written, directed and edited by Japanese filmmaker Takeshi Kitano. It is also his fifth collaboration with renowned Japanese composer Joe Hisaishi. This was also Kitano’s first collaboration with designer Yohji Yamamoto.
Shot in Los Angeles, California, Takeshi Kitano plays Yamamoto, a lone yakuza officer. Defeated in a war with a rival family, his boss killed, he heads to L.A.
As time passes, Yamamoto and his new gang emerge as a powerful force, gradually expanding their turf to an extent that they must confront the Mafia. The Mafia’s attacks are ruthless, and soon Yamamoto and his gang are driven into a disastrous situation of no return as they are hunted down one by one.
All compositions by Joe Hisaishi.
At the time of its release, Brother was hyped as Kitano’s vehicle for breaking into the United States film market. The film has a 47% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Roger Ebert, who has praised all of Kitano’s films he has seen, complimented Kitano in…