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? –IMDb
“Beat” Takeshi Kitano is widely considered to be Japan’s foremost media personality. In addition to his work in the film industry he is an active newspaper columnist, an author and poet, and a ubiquitous presence on Japanese television where he can be seen in up to eight prime time shows per week.Kitano first found fame, as well as his “Beat” nickname, in the early ‘70s as one-half of the manzai comedy duo The Two Beats, a fast-paced, cross-talk act that thrilled audiences with their off-color humor and satirical bite. Throughout the early ’80s, Kitano acted in a number of films, most memorably in Nagisa Oshima’s Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983).
In 1989 Kitano added another facet to his career — serious film director. He was set to star in a police thriller that was to be directed by gangster film veteran Kinji Fukasaku. When Fukasaku had to leave the film, the film’s producers offered Kitano the directing chores. He reworked the script and the result was Violent Cop, a… read more
Sonatine est un film d'une narration plutôt non-conventionnelle, qui plane littéralement pendant une grande partie de l'intrigue, pour vers la fin revenir en plein dans une réalité à la fois cruelle et douce-amère. C'est poétique, c'est violent, c'est déroutant, mais c'est surtout excellent.
I just didn't get this movie. It was funny, but anytime it had anything dramatic, it fell flat on it's face. Just about every shootout in this movie involved everybody standing still, out in the open and shooting until everybody is dead. No running to cover or anything else that would add any tension. I understand that maybe it isn't trying to be like other movies, but it could at least try to be interesting.