Sight and Sound - 11/01/2000
"...[A] beautifully observed rites-of-passage yarn..."
Two trouble-making, teenage bullies drop-out of school to try and become successful in the real world. One becomes a small-time boxer and the other joins the Yakuza gang. They manage to achieve prosperity, but their reckless nature inevitably returns and they soon learn the real world is a lot less forgiving then the schoolyard. A combination of violence, humor, and visual poetry from famed Japanese director Takeshi "Beat" Kitano (VIOLENT COP, KIKUJIRO.)
Description by Image Entertainment:
Takeshi Kitano's humorous, offbeat, and ironic tale of lost adolescence and survival. Masaru and Shinji are two delinquent teenage slackers who cut classes, play pranks on their teachers and extort money from their fellow students. After dropping out of school, Shinji takes up boxing. Masaru, the loud mouth, talks his way into the local Yakuza gang. But just as they're about to attain success in their new professions, the past returns to haunt them.