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10 April 1998 (USA) See more »
His mob boss double-crossed him. Now it's payback time! See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Unsentimental violence and playful boredom--a strange combination See more (81 total) »


  (in credits order)

Takeshi Kitano ... Aniki Murakawa
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:

Chris Britton ... Gangster with shades (as Christopher Britton)
Bob Gunter ... Ganster 2

Rome Kanda ... Gangster
Hôka Kinoshita ... A member of kitajima-gumi
Koji Koike ... Okinawa Boss
Kôta Mizumori
Yoshiyuki Morishita ... Maeda (knife attacker)
Yuuki Natsusaka ... Murakawa-gumi kumiin
Gregory Marshall Smith ... Assassin's lookout
Kanji Tsuda
Kanta Yamazaki ... Waiter

Directed by
Takeshi Kitano 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Takeshi Kitano  written by

Produced by
Masayuki Mori .... producer
Toshio Nabeshima .... producer
Kazuyoshi Okuyama .... executive producer
Ritta Saitô .... producer
Takio Yoshida .... producer
Original Music by
Joe Hisaishi 
Cinematography by
Katsumi Yanagijima 
Film Editing by
Takeshi Kitano 
Art Direction by
Osamu Sasaki 
Set Decoration by
Hirohide Shibata 
Costume Design by
Junichi Goto 
Alen Mikudo 
Makeup Department
Takashi Oda .... special makeup effects artist
Kyôko Toyokawa .... makeup artist
Production Management
Kenichi Kanda .... unit production manager
Katsuhiro Ogawa .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Toshihiro Tenma .... assistant director
Sound Department
Senji Horiuchi .... sound
Special Effects by
Masami Kobayashi .... physical effects
Takashi Oda .... dummy effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Takeshi Nakasu .... assistant gaffer
Hitoshi Takaya .... gaffer
Other crew
Gregory Marshall Smith .... researcher
Corrinne de Bury .... press attache: France (uncredited)

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Rated R for bloody shootings, language and some sexuality
94 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Ken:Not fair! You are using a real gun!See more »
Movie Connections:
References Pierrot le Fou (1965)See more »


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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Unsentimental violence and playful boredom--a strange combination, 11 February 1999
Author: TheMrLee

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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