Brother is a 2000 film starring, written, directed and edited by Japanese filmmaker, Takeshi Kitano. It is also his fifth collaboration with renowned Japanese composer Joe Hisaishi. This was also Kitano's first collaboration with designer, Yohji Yamamoto.
The French title for the film is Aniki, Mon Frère (lit. Aniki, My Brother).
Shot in Los Angeles, California, Kitano plays an exiled Tokyo yakuza who sets up a drug empire in Los Angeles with the aid of his half-brother. But the brother of the title is a local gangster and friend of the half-brother, Denny, played by Omar Epps. Their meteoric rise sees them inevitably clashing with the Mafia.
On his side, Kitano self-admitted in an interview, that he was not fully satisfied with the final result of Brother and that he regretted his "Hollywood" adventure which was supposed to bring him a broader audience with a higher exposure. Therefore, Kitano confessed he had no intention of shooting outside Japan anymore.
The theatrical release of BROTHER in the US (and, therefore, the corresponding Sony Pictures Classics Region 1 DVD) contains a slightly edited version of the film. Approximately one minute of footage was cut, primarily so the film could attain an "R" rating. Most of the edits were for violence, although several key/memorable scenes were edited for time/clarity.