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.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC

IMDb at Comic-Con 2016

Visit our Comic-Con section to see what's trending, watch celebrity interviews, follow event coverage, browse cosplay photos, take our Fan IQ quizzes, and more.

Browse IMDb's Guide to Comic-Con

4 wins. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Violent Cop (1989)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A violence prone police officer discovers that his colleague is trafficking drugs.

Director: Takeshi Kitano
Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Maiko Kawakami, Makoto Ashikawa
Fireworks (1997)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Nishi leaves the police in the face of harrowing personal and professional difficulties. Spiraling into depression, he makes questionable decisions.

Director: Takeshi Kitano
Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Kayoko Kishimoto, Ren Ôsugi
Boiling Point (1990)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Two disquieted junior baseball players seek revenge on the local yakuza for attacking their coach.

Director: Takeshi Kitano
Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Yûrei Yanagi, Yuriko Ishida
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The lives of a young, hearing-impaired and gloomy couple are fulfilled after the boy holds interest in surfboarding.

Director: Takeshi Kitano
Stars: Claude Maki, Hiroko Ôshima, Sabu Kawahara
Kids Return (1996)
Crime | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Dropping out of high school, two friends at first find success, one as a up-and-coming boxer and one as a low level gangster. Yet, their life decisions still find a way of catching up on them.

Director: Takeshi Kitano
Stars: Ken Kaneko, Masanobu Andô, Leo Morimoto
Brother I (2000)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A Japanese gangster is exiled to Los Angeles where his brother lives with a small but respectable multi-racial gang, who he inspires to expand their influence.

Director: Takeshi Kitano
Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Claude Maki, Omar Epps
Kikujiro (1999)
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A young, naive boy sets out alone on the road to find his wayward mother. Soon he finds an unlikely protector in a crotchety man and the two have a series of unexpected adventures along the way.

Director: Takeshi Kitano
Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Yusuke Sekiguchi, Kayoko Kishimoto
Getting Any? (1994)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Obsessed with the idea of owning his first car so he can have sex in it, a young man takes any job he can find and ends up in an escalating series of crazy situations.

Director: Takeshi Kitano
Stars: Duncan, Moeko Ezawa, Taka Guadalcanal
Outrage (2010)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The boss of a major crime syndicate orders his lieutenant to bring a rogue gang of drug traffickers in line, a job that gets passed on to his long-suffering subordinate.

Director: Takeshi Kitano
Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Kippei Shîna, Ryô Kase
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The blind masseur/swordsman comes to a town in control of warring gangs, and while bunking with a farming family, he meets two women with their own agenda.

Director: Takeshi Kitano
Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Tadanobu Asano, Yui Natsukawa
Dolls (2002)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Three stories of never-ending love.

Director: Takeshi Kitano
Stars: Miho Kanno, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Tatsuya Mihashi
Takeshis' (2005)
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Beat Takeshi, a prominent actor, meets a lookalike named Kitano, who is a struggling actor, but after the meeting, Kitano's dreams take a violent, surreal turn.

Director: Takeshi Kitano
Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Kotomi Kyôno, Kayoko Kishimoto
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
...
Gangster with shades (as Christopher Britton)
Bob Gunter ...
Ganster 2
...
Gangster
Hôka Kinoshita ...
A member of kitajima-gumi
Koji Koike ...
Okinawa Boss
Kôta Mizumori
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

yakuza | beach | night | gang war | assault | See All (77) »

Taglines:

The mob put the finger on him...so he gave them the finger back - curled tight around a trigger! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

10 April 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sonachine  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The music score by Joe Hisaishi is so hypnotic and beautiful and haunting. Very much in the style of Tangerine Dream and Global Communication. See more »

Quotes

Ken: Not fair! You are using a real gun!
See more »

Crazy Credits

At the end of the closing credits, various shots of the beach that were taken a year or so later, are included. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Nel cuore della notte (2002) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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!


44 of 63 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
WHAT DID TARANTINO HAVE TO DO WITH THIS! Beefmaster25
What Other Yakuza Films? DMiles1004
Plot Question haji495
Sonatine... Meaning? jonmack1487
Whats the signifance of the poster: fish on spear? MrCarlito
ANYBODY FOUND SIMILARITY WITH GODARD'S FILM? blue_dressed
Discuss Sonatine (1993) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?