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Boiling Point (1990), Dir. Takeshi Kitano

Takeshi Kitano's second film constantly jumps between comedy and violence, but it's also interspersed with moments of quiet reflection along the way. They usually involve a character staring directly at a static camera, without dialogue or music, and often last longer than expected. Sometimes they're tranquil interludes, other times they're seriously tense or funny, but each one is beautifully shot and adds a lot to the rhythm of this great film. Here are a few stills and a video which capture some of Boiling Point's most poignant moments:

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