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Sonatine (1993)

 -  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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Credited cast:
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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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Miyuki: You're tough. I love tough guys.
Aniki Murakawa: I wouldn't carry a gun if I were tough.
Miyuki: You can shoot without a second thought.
Aniki Murakawa: I shoot fast because I get scared fast.
Miyuki: But you're not afraid of dying, are you?
Aniki Murakawa: When you're scared all the time, you reach a point when you wish you were dead.
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At the end of the closing credits, various shots of the beach that were taken a year or so later, are included. See more »

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Unsentimental violence and playful boredom--a strange combination
11 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

I'm not entirely sure what to make of this film--I suspect I need to view it at least once, and probably several more times before I can get a good hold on it. However, my inability to fully comprehend what "Sonatine" is about doesn't strike me as a flaw. Rather, the film is much more complicated than the usual gangster film.

It begins with very unsentimentalized and nonglorified violence. People hit and kill each other and it isn't much different than toast popping out of the toaster. It is fast, moderately bloody, and there. Kitano doesn't seem to be interested in thrilling us with either the danger, grotesqueness, or thrill of violence--another, not clearly defined agenda is at work here.

At perhaps a third of the way into the film, it makes a sudden transition from this gangster life to a period of forced inactivity. I suspect this section, which is delightfully playful, is at the heart of this film.


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