Takeshi Kitano Returns to the Yakuza genre with “OUTRAGE 0: CODA”

Well, THIS certainly is a “surprise”! And while I’ve enjoyed 2012’s “OUTRAGE”, I didn’t really expect a sequel in 2013 with “BEYOND OUTRAGE” … and now it’s a “trilogy”?

“OUTRAGE 0: CODA” (Japanese title) / “Outrage: Final Chapter” (IMDb) is “the story of Ootomo who was stubbed in the jail in the last chapter of this franchise. Ootomo gets involved with new Yakuza battles after he comes back (to) the Yakuza society.”

Ah yes, the “allure” of Yakuza-themed movies, as much as could Takeshi Kitano could offer - who writes and directs this latest incarnation of the mirror of mafia-flicks from the West - returns to the silver screens with his stoic deadpan poker-face and twitch, which he is infamous for (and which folks balk at in his turn in "Ghost In The Shell" hahaha) ... ah yes, the "classic" Kitano!

Asian-Wiki has an interesting plot for the movie (which I cannot authenticate beyond this site tho), which involves South Korea:
"While Hanada (Pierre Taki) is in South Korea on a business trip, he kills CEO Jang’s subordinate. CEO Jang holds tremendous power in South Korea. A highly volatile situation between CEO Jang and Hanada's yakuza group Hanabishi kai. Meanwhile, internal conflict breaks out in Hanabishi kai. Otomo (Takeshi Kitano), as an employee of CEO Jang, travels back to Japan."
To help refresh your collective memories of the previous two films, here are trailers and clips to relish :p

DESCRIPTION: "In a ruthless battle for power, several yakuza clans vie for the favor of their head family in the Japanese underworld. The rival bosses seek to rise through the ranks by scheming and making allegiances sworn over sake. Long-time yakuza Otomo (Beat Takeshi) has seen his kind go from elaborate body tattoos and severed fingertips to becoming important players on the stock market. Theirs is a never-ending struggle to end up on top, or at least survive, in a corrupt world where there are no heroes but constant betrayal and vengeance..."

BEYOND OUTRAGE (Green Band) Trailer