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Outrage or アウトレイジ is a 2010 Japanese Yakuza-film by Takeshi Kitano. It is the story about Otomo (Takeshi) and his gang and how they are screwed over by his boss, heading the Ikemoto-gumi, and his boss' boss, the Kaicho (chief of the Kanto region). All begins with Otomo's boss ordering him to bring the Murase-gumi, an opposing gang whose boss is the blood brother of Ikemoto, back in line. What seems an easy job spirals out of control and ends in violence, bloodshed and death.

Outrage provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Blood Brothers: Ikemoto and Murase had sworn brotherhood in prison. Too bad Ikemoto doesn't value it.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Averted when Otomo uses his M1911, he fires seven shots and the the slide locks back as it is empty.
  • Corrupt Cop: Detective Kataoka
  • Diplomatic Impunity: Otomo and his gang use an embassy to house an illegal casino.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Kato, the Kaicho's liutenant, finally tires of his abuse and mockery and kills him at the end.
  • Downer Ending: To a certain extent, since Otomo's gang is completely wiped out.
  • Evil Versus Evil: It's Yakuza vs. Yakuza and some dirty cops thrown in; what do you expect?
  • Fingore: Thrice, once with a boxcutter, once with a cleaver, and once with a Wakizashi.
  • Everybody's Dead, Dave: Otomo's entire gang is killed, as is his girlfriend.
  • For the Evulz: The motivation for the acts of the Kaicho are never completely explained (although he tells Kato that his plan is to take direct control of Murase and Ikemoto's territories); this is one possibility.
  • Gorn: Some scenes can border on this.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Used and averted, especially in the dentist scene.
  • Gratuitous English: Used in several instances between the ambassador and some of the Yakuza. Justified because he is a foreigner and not all of the Yakuza speak the language.
  • Grievous Bottley Harm: A Yakuza henchman wants to attack another with a bottle, but is held back by his friends.
  • Honor Before Reason: Averted, the Yakuza talk of honor and being loyal to pacts, sword brothers, sworn fathers, etc. But in practice almost every one of them is willing to betray everyone else to either advance their own position or destroy potential rivals.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Averted, everybody is shot from a close distance. And in the one where somebody is running away,the shooter misses from about 15-20 m away.
  • Ironic Echo: "you know you’re dealing with the yakuza, right?"
  • Manipulative Bastard: The Kaicho, in spades. And for reasons that are somewhat unclear (see For the Evulz above). He gets out-manipulated by Kato.
  • No Woman's Land: All women in the film are backrgound characters that have few if any speaking lines. Justified since Yakuza gangs are traditionally very misogynist, with women not allowed in the organization.
  • The Plan: The Kaicho seems to be playing one. But so are Ikemoto and Kato, who takes the place of the Kaicho in the end.
  • Playboy Bunny: One appears in the illegal casino.
  • Running Both Sides: Kaicho offers Ikemoto's former position to Kato, Ozawa, and Otomo pitting them against each other.
  • Shout-Out: To The Godfather and how he kept the corrupt senator in line.
  • Yakuza