In This Episode of Four Brains, Bradley J Kornish and his guests Scott Thorough and Marcus Pinn (of Zebras in America) get together to have a discussion about Takeshi Kitano’s 1989 directorial debut ‘Violent Cop’. Along the way we also discuss some music; Steve Reich, Erik Satie, Cocteau Twins, Suicide and more… it was a fun talk and we squeezed in a wee bit about the movie as well ūüôā

The Guests

Zebras in America Podcast

Marcus Pinn’s Website

Scott Thoroughs Website


The Podcast





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Violent Cop (1989)


Takeshi Kitano


Hisashi Nozawa (original writer)

Directed by Takeshi Kitano
Written by Hisashi Nozawa
Takeshi Kitano (uncredited)
Starring Beat Takeshi
Music by Daisaku Kume
Cinematography Yasushi Sasakibara
Edited by Nobutake Kamiya
Distributed by Shochiku
Release date
  • August¬†12,¬†1989
Running time
103 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

The Cast

 Takeshi Kitano РAzume

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Maiko Kawakami РAkari

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She appeared in Big Bird in Japan as the mysterious young woman who befriends Big Bird – she has also done a ton of nude stuff

Makoto Ashikawa – Kikuchi

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Lots of very small parts in some good films including cold fish


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he had lots of budget roles and tv gigs – he went a bit Val Kilmer¬†and got puffy – probably not a career worthy of a single ‘madonna’ like name

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He Has had a solid carreer in Japanese films working with Shinya Tsukamoto (most notably ‘Vital’) and Takashi Miike (13 Assasins) – working constantly – prob the most employed of the bunch – he is also a time tested utilizer of the thoughtful hand on chin portrait pose


Fabulous article from Marcus Pinn on Takeshi Kitano from one of the best cinema sites on the web :


The Trailers / The Clips / The Doc’s







The Extras

film comment from a site dedicated to Beat


The Music


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