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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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BLOOD AND BONES

Japan, 2004
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TAKESHIS'

Japan, 2005
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 biograph… More »

YAKUZA EIGA

France, 2008
“I love the Yakuza… I see them as the heirs to the samurai spirit.” - actor Sonny Chiba ... Literally translated as ‘good-for-nothing', Japan's criminal brotherhood - the Yakuza - underw… More »

VIOLENT COP

Japan, 1989
... ... 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 »

BOILING POINT

Japan, 1990
... ... In Japan, Takeshi Kitano currently advertises a product called 'Jolt Cola'. Aside from his endorsement, the selling point is that it boasts twice the caffeine of regular colas. For once, star… More »

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