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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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Aniki Murakawa
Aya Kokumai ...
Miyuki
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Uechi
Masanobu Katsumura ...
Ryoji
Susumu Terajima ...
Ken
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Katagiri (as Ren Ôsugi)
Tonbo Zushi ...
Kitajima
Ken'ichi Yajima ...
Takahashi
Eiji Minakata ...
The Hit Man
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hiroshi Ando ...
Ito
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Gangster with shades (as Christopher Britton)
Takeshi Fukazawa ...
Sakai
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Gangster
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Gangster
Hôka Kinoshita ...
A member of kitajima-gumi
Koichi Kitamura ...
Hirose
Koji Koike ...
Okinawa Boss
Kôta Mizumori ...
Kanemoto (Mahjong Shop Owner)
Yoshiyuki Morishita ...
Maeda (knife attacker)
Yoichi Nagai ...
Ono
Yuuki Natsusaka ...
Murakawa-gumi kumiin
Daigaku Sekine ...
Nakamatsu Member
Gregory Marshall Smith ...
Assassin's lookout
Yutaka Tomi ...
Okumura
Kanji Tsuda ...
Tsuda
Kanta Yamazaki ...
Waiter

Directed by

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Takeshi Kitano

Written by

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Takeshi Kitano ... (written by)

Produced by

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Masayuki Mori ... producer
Toshio Nabeshima ... producer
Kazuyoshi Okuyama ... executive producer
Ritta Saitô ... producer
Takio Yoshida ... producer

Music by

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Joe Hisaishi

Cinematography by

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Katsumi Yanagijima

Film Editing by

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Takeshi Kitano

Art Direction by

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Osamu Sasaki

Set Decoration by

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Hirohide Shibata

Costume Design by

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Junichi Goto
Alen Mikudo

Makeup Department

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Takashi Oda ... special makeup effects artist
Kyôko Toyokawa ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Kenichi Kanda ... unit production manager
Katsuhiro Ogawa ... unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Toshihiro Tenma ... assistant director

Sound Department

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Senji Horiuchi ... sound

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Masami Kobayashi ... physical effects
Takashi Oda ... dummy effects

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Takeshi Nakasu ... assistant gaffer
Hitoshi Takaya ... gaffer

Other crew

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Gregory Marshall Smith ... researcher
Corrinne de Bury ... press attache: France (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines His mob boss double-crossed him. Now it's payback time! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Sonatine, mélodie mortelle (France)
  • Sonachine
  • Sonatina (Portugal)
  • Сонатина (Russia)
  • Sonatina (Greece)
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Runtime
  • 94 min
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Did You Know?

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Movie Connections Featured in 100 Years of Japanese Cinema (1995). 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 »
Quotes Miyuki: You're tough. I love tough guys.
Aniki Murakawa: I wouldn't carry a gun if I were tough.
Miyuki: You can shoot without a second thought.
Aniki Murakawa: I shoot fast because I get scared fast.
Miyuki: But you're not afraid of dying, are you?
Aniki Murakawa: When you're scared all the time, you reach a point when you wish you were dead.
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