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Sonatine (1993)

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


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

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Aniki Murakawa: Indecent exposure is fun.
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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 »

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References Violent Cop (1989) See more »

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not an action movie
8 June 1999 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I think the people who criticize this film do so because they've been trained to watch movies the way Hollywood makes them. This is as far from Hollywood as a gangster film can get. The quiet (or as some might say, boring) moments are there because the characters exist in a realistic world where sometimes they can do nothing but sit and think. Sonatine isn't perfect, but it can certainly be appreciated if the viewer will approach it with an open mind. Also, the sumo scene is very fun and beautiful.


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