At left, Beat Takeshi (performing moniker of writer-director-editor Takeshi Kitano)
At left, Beat Takeshi (performing moniker of writer-director-editor Takeshi Kitano)

Japan, 2010; Takeshi Kitano
Kitano's often bleakly hilarious movie is a nihilistic roundelay of double- and triple-crosses and truly grotesque violence, acted out by an ever-diminishing community of yakuza. Kitano plays an old-school, Zen'd-out hitman who persists in believing there are meaningful rituals, rules, and reasons in the ongoing mayhem. A far less resonant take on the fate of Peckinpah's anachronistic outlaws, Outrage keeps fatalistic count as the members of Kitano's wild bunch are co-opted by the future of crime: colorless stockbrokers and bureaucrats. KAM

Friday, May 27, 9:30 p.m. at Everett Performing Arts Center