(aka "Boiling Point" or "San tai yon ekkusu jugatsu" or "3-4xjugatsu")

 

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Japan 1990

 

During a screening of “Violent Cop”, Kitano had sneaked in to see how the audience reacted. It came as a shock to him, that they laughed whenever he would appear on the screen. His disappointment soon turned into anger, and while he already was about to experiment with the media, Kitano took it a step further and quiet possible beyond, as “Boiling Point” is a messy affair.

Kitano began a self-destructive course which would last five years and end with his near fatal accident, after which Kitano found an inner peace that allowed him to mature both as person and as director. He later joked about this self-destructive course when saying: “It took me 10 years of playing serial killers and rapists to be perceived as a serious actor among the Japanese public.”

Masaki is slow of mind. When not playing baseball, he works at a gas station. He is ignored by almost everyone, except by his one and only friend. When he one day hits a local yakuza, because he is tired of being kicked around, it sets of a series of events, that ultimately will make Masaki into a martyr.

There really is no excuse for the mess this film is. There is almost no story, it is more a series of linked events and gags. Worse, Kitano, frustrated by the audience, became self-destructive and turned himself into the most unlovable character ever: He beats up women, he sodomizes his own bodyguard and is generally unpleasant. The idea for the film came during lunch, when Kitano aired the idea for his next film about some yakuza guy for producer Hisao Nabeshima, and Kitano may have had some idea, but it all got clouded by his frustrations. This film is his first revenge on the Japanese audience.

Instead of directing, Kitano is far more interested in editing, and “Boiling Point” is almost a catalogue of elliptic editing. There is the now typical Kitano cause and effect ellipses, there are several complex elliptic templates and even mind screening. The film almost seems as an excuse for the opportunity to experiment with editing techniques.

The original title, "3-4xjugatsu" means 3rd and 4th of October and notes upon the events of the story.

Henrik Sylow (Kitanotakeshi.com)

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Theatrical Release: September 15, 1990

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DVD Review: AV Channel (Takeshi Kitano Collection) - Region 4 - PAL

Big thanks to Henrik Sylow for the Review!

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AV Channel

Region 4 - PAL

Runtime 1:32:44
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.60 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio 5.1 Dolby Digital Japanese
Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: AV Channel

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer (2:08 / 4x3)
• Violent Cop Trailer (2:11 / 4x3)
• Sonatine Trailer (0:52 / 4x3)
• Hana-bi trailer (1:56 / 4x3)

DVD Release Date: April 15, 2005
Amarey

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Comments What is left to say than, Finally an anamorphic transfer of "Boiling Point" with English subtitles. And it simply looks damn good.

Based upon the Shochiku masters, there are some compression artifacts, mainly edge enhancements and color banding (notice Image #2), but only in some scenes, as other scenes are near perfect. The central issue with the AV transfer is its light / darkness in relation to its contrast, making white bloom (notice sky Image #4) and shadows go towards black (see Image #5).

All things equal, this is a beautiful transfer. Details are good and colors are strong, deep and saturated.

 - Henrik Sylow

 

 





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