Skip to main content

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.

See also...

A SCENE AT THE SEA

Fans of Takeshi's two films prior to this (Violent Cop and Boiling Point) must have had their expectations confounded! After his relentless explorations of renegade cops and pitiless Yakuza, to come ... 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 »

BOILING POINT

... ... 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 »

KIDS RETURN

Alternating between humour and irony, Takeshi Kitano's hard edged look at disaffect­ed youth follows the life of two high school fail­ures, Shinji and Masaru, and their fate in the unyielding ... 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 »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director