Average Rating: 7.4/10
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Average Rating: 6.4/10
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Acclaimed Japanese filmmaker, comedian, television star, author, and all-around renaissance man Takeshi "Beat" Kitano stars in this unconventional take on the crime drama. Kitano portrays Murakawa, a successful Yakuza officer who has grown weary of the violent life, so much so that he has even considered retirement. Thus, he is not pleased when he is asked to lead a team to help defuse a gang war in Okinawa but agrees when he is assured it will be an easy job. It proves anything but, however,
May 1, 1993 Wide
Jan 13, 2004
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Gross and trite as the material is, Kitano shows again that he is an ingenious, purposeful filmmaker.
It shows how violent gangster movies need not be filled with stupid dialogue, nonstop action and gratuitous gore.
[VIDEO] "Sonatine" is a lyrical picture of Japan's poker face toward the outrageous violence of its mob culture.
Haunting look at doomed yakuza gangster
The quirky humor gives what could easily be a tired story an unusual air of freshness and humanity.
One of the most valuable facets of Kitano's film is its exposure of the gangster ideal as the myth of little boys who forgot to grow up.
Compare the journey taken by Kitano's character to the 'character arc' on exhibit in a typical American action film.
The great images presented on the screen -- not the acting, nor the story line, are what make this film work best.
When the action comes, it comes in short, precise bursts. It's not exciting. It's not intended to be.
The look of the film is sometimes dreamy, sometimes crisp, but always engrossing.
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