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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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Takeshi Kitano

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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 Susumu Terajima ... Ken
Ren Osugi ... Katagiri (as Ren Ôsugi)
Tonbo Zushi Tonbo Zushi ... Kitajima
Ken'ichi Yajima 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 »


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

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Official Sites:

Miramax

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

10 April 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sonachine See more »

Filming Locations:

Okinawa, Japan

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Poetic vision of a hard man's lonely life
1 March 2000 | by thehumanduvetSee all my reviews

This is exactly what I'd do if my gang's territory was being threatened by conspiracy and rivalry in the criminal underworld - hide out on a nice beach playing fantastic-looking firework and sumo games with me mates and some random passing woman, listening to crazy old men singing in incredible voices, watching out for assassins in fishing gear and generally building myself up for a massive showdown. Beat Takeshi is a genius with this kind of stuff, he makes his gangster a real man in full 3D, hardened by a hard life but still full of uncertainty and needs, and who in the world could have outdone his deadpan but humourous face, especially in those bleak final scenes. Shame about his appalling TV "comedy" though.


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