Goro returns from the beautiful mountains of Hirosaki to find himself caught between two warring clans in Outlaw: Gangster VIP 2.
While the newly introduced characters play a familiar role to those from the first, everything feels bigger, better, and faster, especially since Goro’s reputation has already solidified him as a legend. The sweeping score, intense camerawork, and brutal action turn the drama to 11; the movie itself plays out like a Japanese legend.
Goro’s experience from the original lends a more mature tone overall. There are a lot of complicated alliances and conflicting interests, but even if it’s hard to keep track of things, the characters are still engaging and their intentions are deadly.
While Goro’s kill count is almost ridiculous, Gangster VIP 2 is a stellar, Yojimbo-lite follow-up that’s confident in its formula. It hits just as hard and improves just enough to outshine the original.