Takeshi Kitano’s “Violent Cop” from 1989 is at times rather brutal and takes a hard look at cops in Japan during this time period. Azuma is Dirty Harry without any restraints whatsoever, breaking procedure endless times, a cop without honor and any sort of boundaries. These actions result in consequences, ones that the film examines, reactions to events that result in a rather shocking moment that I did not expect. Although I find Sonatine (1993) to be slightly better, Violent Cop is rather unflinching and surprisingly bleak for a movie that was as successful in Japan as this one was. Heartily recommended to anyone who likes cop films and foreign cinema.