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SONATINE

Japan, 1993 (MIFF 1993)

Director: Takeshi Kitano

In Sonatine writer/director/editor/star 'Beat' Takeshi consolidates his position as the most original, idiosyncratic and poetic exponent of the gangster film working anywhere in the world today. After the wistful Scene at the Sea, the ironically titled Sonatine returns — with a vengeance — to the terrain of his earlier Violent Cop and Boiling Point (all seen at MFF '92). Takeshi plays Murakawa, a ruthless and seriously jaded yakuza. The plot is as simple as Ten Green Bottles. Murakawa is persuaded to take his men to Okinawa to intervene in a gang war. One by one, the gang freak out, abscond or die violent deaths until only the coolest remain.

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OUTRAGE

"As violent, amoral and misanthropic as a Jacobean play... arguably [Kitano's] best film in a decade." - Hollywood Reporter ... Legendary director Takeshi Kitano (Hana-Bi, MIFF 1998) returns to the ... More »

A SCENE AT THE SEA

... ... The expectations set by Takeshi's previous two films were purposefully undone when he moved past American action films and com­pletely wrote out of the script his own distinc­tive ... More »

OUTRAGE BEYOND

"Takeshi Kitano's best film in a decade." – Cinema Scope ... Picking up where Outrage (MIFF 2010) left off, Outrage Beyond opens with rifts beginning to form in the Sanna yakuza family ... More »

HANA-BI (FIREWORKS)

Police detective Nishi (Takeshi) ditches stakeout duty with his partner and best friend Horibe to visit his wife in hospital. During the visit he is informed that his wife's condition is incurable ... More »

VIOLENT COP

... ... Takeshi makes his directorial debut in what on the surface at least is a standard 'rene­gade cop' genre film. Takeshi plays Detective Azuma, the department's 'wild-card' whose unorthodox ... More »

TAKESHIS'

Legendary Japanese director, actor and hardman, Kitano ‘Beat' Takeshi, puts the ‘gang' back into ‘doppelganger' with this hyper-real violation of the traditional rules of film form and ... More »

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