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My return to watching a film in a theater after more than 2 (!) years came with this average thriller: it's ok to spend a night with friends but I expected much more considering the exposure on the press...the Tarantino/Coen influence is too marked to really engage the viewer... all proceedings give a feeling of deja vu, starting with the cinematography...I won't watch this one again but I think I'll catch the director's next film, hoping for a more personal work.
Suzuki makes sure to offend as much people as possible in a vortex of increasingly funnier scenes and yet the result manages to be still very progressive minded (for an action comedy flick, that is): this Viper Brothers entry should be screened in film-schools all over the world to show future filmakers HOW-YOU-DO-IT to avoid producing the bland, dull politically correct poo poo so common in the world of cinema today.
One of Norifumi Suzuki best films, "Terrifying Girls’ High School: Lynch Law Classroom" is full of anarchoid energy and very well directed. You can sense a disdain for authority that recurs in many of his films, but this time he really doesn't save "anyone". There isn't a single scene that might be considered a "filler"- all of them are conceived to grab your attention like only the best (exploitation) movies can do. The musical score is also very well done and placed. I personally prefer the Sukeban films, but I can't deny this is Pinky Violence at its peak.
With this great ending of the outrage trilogy, Kitano shows once again his special way of making yakuza movies: the intricate plottings really are descendent of the best battles without honor and humanity films but the detached look at killing is all his own. The ending didn't seem fitting though and this prevented the film to have one more half-star. Like Nathan Stuart I too noticed the homage to Hokuriku Proxy War. Hope Takeshi won't stop churning yakuza films and who knows, being older, he may return in a powerful Oyabun role in the future...