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Sonatine (1993)

Several yakuza from Tokyo are sent to Okinawa to help end a gang war. The war then escalates and the Tokyo drifters decide to lay low at the beach.

Director:

Takeshi Kitano

Writer:

Takeshi Kitano
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Cast

Credited cast:
Takeshi Kitano ... Aniki Murakawa
Aya Kokumai Aya Kokumai ... Miyuki
Tetsu Watanabe ... Uechi
Masanobu Katsumura Masanobu Katsumura ... Ryoji
Susumu Terajima ... Ken
Ren Ôsugi ... Katagiri
Tonbo Zushi Tonbo Zushi ... Kitajima
Ken'ichi Yajima ... Takahashi
Eiji Minakata Eiji Minakata ... The Hit Man
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hiroshi Ando Hiroshi Ando ... Ito
Chris Britton ... Gangster with shades (as Christopher Britton)
Takeshi Fukazawa Takeshi Fukazawa ... Sakai
Bob Gunter ... Gangster
Rome Kanda ... Gangster
Hôka Kinoshita Hôka Kinoshita ... A member of kitajima-gumi
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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>

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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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Quotes

[shooting at a Frisbee]
Aniki Murakawa: There's no way you can hit it! I'm not Buffalo Bill, arsehole!
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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 »

Connections

Spoofed in Bandits (2001) See more »

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not an action movie
8 June 1999 | by Cindy-39See 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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Official Sites:

Miramax

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

10 April 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sonatine See more »

Filming Locations:

Okinawa, Japan

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,527, 12 April 1998

Gross USA:

$58,834

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$58,834
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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