Boiling Point

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Boiling Point (3-4X Jūgatsu; literally: The Third and Fourth of October) is a 1990 film by Japanese filmmaker Takeshi Kitano. It was his second film as director and first film as a screenwriter.

Ono Masahiko starred as a shiftless young man, a member of a losing local baseball team, whose coach is threatened and attacked by a local yakuza. He teams up with a friend to go to Okinawa to purchase guns so they can get revenge. Kitano plays psychotic yakuza named Uehara, who befriends them upon their arrival in Okinawa. Uehara has his own agenda of revenge, and as the story progresses the two boys drift into further into his orbit, with unsettling results.

Kitano's trademark black humor suffuses the film in many ways: at one point, the boy finally does get a gun, but shoots out the windshield of his girlfriend's car by mistake. The film also featured comedian Iizuka Minoru, also known as Dankan, who went on to become a Kitano regular and Katsuo Tokashiki who is famous for his kick boxing skills in Japan, he also played as a guard in Takeshi Kitano's Takeshi's Castle in the 1980s.

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