Brother


1h 58m 2000

Brief Synopsis

Abandoned by the brotherhood of his yazuka clan, gangster Yamamoto flees a crime war in Tokyo and ends up in Los Angeles looking for his long lost brother. Alone and with a new identity, Yamamoto finds himself frustrated by foreign surroundings but soon strikes up a friendship with Denny, an up-and-

Film Details

Also Known As
Aniki, mon frere
MPAA Rating
Genre
Action
Crime
Drama
Thriller
Release Date
2000
Production Company
Bac Films; Bac Films Distribution; Film4 Productions; Filmfour; Hanway Films; Office Kitano; Office Kitano; Recorded Picture Company
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics; A-Film Distribution; Bac Films Distribution; CinTart; Film4 Productions; Filmfour; Filmladen Gmbh; Golden Village; Key Films; Lider Films; Monopole Pathe Films Ag; New World Films; Sam Film; Sandrew Metronome Distribution Sverige Ab (Sweden); Shochiku Company, Ltd.; Sony Pictures Classics; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Location
Tokyo, Japan; Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 58m

Synopsis

Abandoned by the brotherhood of his yazuka clan, gangster Yamamoto flees a crime war in Tokyo and ends up in Los Angeles looking for his long lost brother. Alone and with a new identity, Yamamoto finds himself frustrated by foreign surroundings but soon strikes up a friendship with Denny, an up-and-coming black hustler, with whom he had an earlier violent run-in. They team up to take over the drug turf of East L.A. Before long, Yamamoto's gang grows in number, business flourishes and money flows. Yamamoto and his boys now wear expensive suits, cruise in limousines and work out of lofty offices. As success breeds jealousy, Yamomoto joins forces with rival Japanese crime lord, Shirase. It becomes an all-out war without sanctuary for anyone. As things heat up, Yamamoto learns that only Denny has really caught on to the yazuka code of brotherhood...

Cast

Takeshi Kitano

Yamamoto

Omar Epps

Denny

Claude Maki

Ken

Masaya Kato

Shirase

Susumu Terajima

Kato

Royale Watkins

Jay

Lombardo Boyar

Mo

Ryo Ishibashi

Ishihara

James Shigeta

Sugimoto

Tatyana Ali

Latifa

Makoto Ohtake

Chief Of Police

Koen Okumura

Hanaoka

Naomasa Musaka

Hisamatsu

Rino Katse

Night Club Madame

Tetsuya Watari

Jinseikai Boss

Ren Murakmai

Minamino

Joy Nakagawa

Marina

Wanda Lee Evans

Denny'S Mother

Tony Colitti

Roberto

Koyo Into

Nishida

Alan Garcia

Bellboy

Antwon Tanner

Colin

Joseph Ragno

Mafia Boss Rossi

Nynno Ali

Oscar

Paul Feddersen

Limo Driver

Dan Gunter

Killer Waiter

Robert Covarrubias

Mexican Mafia Officer

Anthony Vatsula

Mexican Mafia Officer

Al Vincente

Victor'S Henchman

Luis Angel

Victor'S Henchman

Bradley Jay Lesley

Moose

Lobo Sebastian

Yamamoto Bodyguard

Tomas Chavez

Victor'S Driver

Don Sato

Sushi Bar Owner

Hideo Kimura

Sushi Bar Part-Timer

Yayoi Otani

Shushi Bar Waitress

Tuesday Night

Prostitute

Yuji Hasegawa

Whorehouse Customer

Chuma Hunter-gault

Sly

Peter Spellos

Taxi Driver

Amaury Nolasco

Victor

Jack Ong

Chinese Boss

Tad Horino

Coffee Shop Owner

Mike Wu

Chinese Boss

Alvin Ing

Doctor

Herschel Sparber

Geppetti'S Bodyguard

John Aprea

Mafia Boss Geppetti

Christopher Dergregorian

Mexican Mafia Hitman

Manny Perez

Mexican Mafia Hitman

Eddie Garcia

Mexican Mafia Henchman

Rainbow Borden

Yamamoto'S Henchman

Manny Gavino

Yamamoto'S Henchman

Hiroshi Otaguro

Yamamoto'S Henchman

Darryl M Bell

Yamamoto'S Henchman

Elji Inoue

Shirase'S Henchman

Akira Kaneda

Mafia Hitman

Geoff Meed

Rossi'S Bodyguard

Shoken Kunimoto

Ohyama

Shuhei Saga

Matsumoto

Ren ├┤sugi

Tuesday Knight

Crew

Anne Carli

Co-Producer

Al Goto

Stunt Coordinator (Los Angeles Unit)

Roy C Granada

Chief Lighting Technician (Los Angeles Unit)

Tomoo Haraguchi

Special Effects Make-Up (Los Angeles Unit)

John Hartigan

Special Effects Coordinator (Los Angeles Unit)

Joe Hisaishi

Music

Senji Horiuchi

Sound Designer

Norihiro Isoda

Production Designer

Fumio Iwasaki

Costume Stylist

Hiro Kakuhari

Key Grip (Los Angeles Unit)

Ryoji Kasumi

Tattoo Artist

Takeshi Kitano

Screenwriter

Takeshi Kitano

Editor

Makoto Kukurai

International Production And Business Affairs

Edward Licht

1st Assistant Director (Los Angeles Unit)

Chiyo Miyakoshi

Script Supervisor

Michiyo Miyauchi

Makeup Artist

Masayuki Mori

Producer

Judy Murdcock

Makeup Department Head (Los Angeles Unit)

Diana Leigh Myers

Location Manager (Los Angeles Unit)

Akihiko Nihonmatsu

1st Assistant Camera (Los Angeles Unit)

Takayuki Nitta

Art Director (Tokyo Unit)

Yoshinori Ota

Editor

Anthony Rivero Stabley

Art Director (Los Angeles Unit)

Mitsugu Shiratori

Sound Mixer

Shimitsugu Shiratori

Production Sound Mixer

Richard Snell

Special Effects Make-Up (Los Angeles Unit)

Toshio Tanaka

Unit Manager

Hideki Tateno

Gaffer

Tetsuji Tatsuta

Property Master (Tokyo Unit)

Jeremy Thomas

Producer

Naoyuki Usui

International Production And Business Affairs

Ho Victor

Unit Production Manager (Los Angeles Unit)

Teresa Visinare

Set Decorator (Los Angeles Unit)

Peter Watson

Associate Producer

Peter Watson

Associate Producer

David Wayen

Special Effects Coordinator (Los Angeles Unit)

Randy Williamson

2nd Assistant Camera (Los Angeles Unit)

Yohji Yamamoto

Costume Designer

Katsumi Yanagijima

Director Of Photography

Takio Yoshida

Co-Producer

Film Details

Also Known As
Aniki, mon frere
MPAA Rating
Genre
Action
Crime
Drama
Thriller
Release Date
2000
Production Company
Bac Films; Bac Films Distribution; Film4 Productions; Filmfour; Hanway Films; Office Kitano; Office Kitano; Recorded Picture Company
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics; A-Film Distribution; Bac Films Distribution; CinTart; Film4 Productions; Filmfour; Filmladen Gmbh; Golden Village; Key Films; Lider Films; Monopole Pathe Films Ag; New World Films; Sam Film; Sandrew Metronome Distribution Sverige Ab (Sweden); Shochiku Company, Ltd.; Sony Pictures Classics; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Location
Tokyo, Japan; Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 58m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Summer July 20, 2001

Expanded Release in United States July 27, 2001

Released in United States on Video January 2, 2002

Released in United States 2000

Released in United States September 2000

Released in United States 2001

Released in United States January 2001

Shown at New York Film Festival September 22 - October 9, 2000.

Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival September 22 - October 5, 2000.

Shown at Venice International Film Festival (out of competition) August 30 - September 9, 2000.

Shown at Deauville Festival of American Film September 1-10, 2000.

Shown at Rotterdam International Film Festival (Main Programme Features) January 24 - February 24, 2001.

Shown at San Francisco International Film Festival April 19 - May 3, 2001.

Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema) May 24 - June 17, 2001.

English-language debut for acclaimed Japanese helmer Takeshi "Beat" Kitano whose previous credits include "Sonatine" (Japan/1993) and "Fireworks" (Japan/1997).

Began shooting November 21, 1999.

Completed shooting February 15, 2000.

Released in United States Summer July 20, 2001

Expanded Release in United States July 27, 2001

Released in United States on Video January 2, 2002

Released in United States 2000 (Shown at New York Film Festival September 22 - October 9, 2000.)

Released in United States 2000 (Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival September 22 - October 5, 2000.)

Released in United States 2000 (Shown at Venice International Film Festival (out of competition) August 30 - September 9, 2000.)

Released in United States September 2000 (Shown at Deauville Festival of American Film September 1-10, 2000.)

Released in United States 2001 (Shown at Rotterdam International Film Festival (Main Programme Features) January 24 - February 24, 2001.)

Released in United States 2001 (Shown at San Francisco International Film Festival April 19 - May 3, 2001.)

Released in United States 2001 (Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema) May 24 - June 17, 2001.)

Released in United States January 2001 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (World Cinema) in Park City, Utah January 18-28, 2001.)