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Sonatine (1993)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  10 April 1998 (USA)
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Several yakuza from Tokyo are sent to Okinawa to help end a gang war. The war escalates and the Tokyo drifters decide to lay low at the beach.

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Aya Kokumai ...
Miyuki
Tetsu Watanabe ...
Uechi
Masanobu Katsumura ...
Ryoji
Susumu Terajima ...
Ken
Ren Ôsugi ...
Katagiri
Tonbo Zushi ...
Kitajima
Ken'ichi Yajima ...
Takahashi
Eiji Minakata ...
The Hit Man
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Gangster with shades (as Christopher Britton)
Bob Gunter ...
Ganster 2
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Gangster
Hôka Kinoshita ...
A member of kitajima-gumi
Kôta Mizumori
Yuuki Natsusaka ...
Murakawa-gumi kumiin
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A world-weary yakuza in Tokyo is assigned to take his clan to Okinawa to help settle a dispute between two factions. He's suspicious of the assignment, but he goes, and within a couple days, his role remains unclear and several of men are dead. He retreats to a house on a remote beach to wait. The first night there , he rescues a young woman from an assault, and they develop a playful relationship. Over time, it becomes clear he's been set up, sent to Okinawa so that others can take over his lucrative territory. As his clan dwindles, he plans a revenge. But, what if he's successful? What is there to life anyway? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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His mob boss double-crossed him. Now it's payback time! See more »


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Rated R for bloody shootings, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Ken: Not fair! You are using a real gun!
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National peculiarities of Japanese gangsterism
10 June 2000 | by (Samara, Russia) – See all my reviews

I have always wondered why Americans always label everything they can lay their hands on; that's how Sonatine became "an action movie", Arizona Dream became "a comedy", etc. Maybe their viewers need to be told what is what because it's hard for them to think for themselves. Sonatine is NOT a typical action movie. Though the characters are gangsters and they DO kill people occasionally it's not the killings that are important. The director and the cast show that those gangsters are also human, with their likes and dislikes, their games and pranks, their love and loyalty.It's a very Japanese film showing the beauty of the fleeting moments of life, fragility of life, beauty of nature and of human soul which is capable of self-sacrifice and devotion. I particularly loved the game of cardboard wrestlers they palyed on the beach and the fireworks. It's fresh, genuine and filmed in a non-American way (thanks god!)mostly as far as its framing and editing are concerned. Calm and life-like sequences of frames make it look NORMAL, not "movie-like". Thanks god there's nothing like Unreal Tournament gun-happiness and no heroes walking away in a most manly way against the background of flames and nuclear explosions, which are omnipresent in American productions. Takeshi, go, go! We are on your side!


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