Every now and again a film comes along that envelops me and re-affirms my faith in the cinema and its power. Sonatine is one of those films. What a beautiful, emotional film. I don't think I've ever felt more positive emotion towards gangsters before. And the visuals are like a painting. It's ravishing. I wonder if I'll ever be able to make something this beautiful.
Kitano plays a more personable and convival man than the subdued, repressed hero archetypes he would go on to analyze in his later work. As a result, the cold, long stares and sudden bursts of apathetic violence hit harder. Also increasing the impact of the tragedy are the childish natures of the men that are revealed in beautiful scenes like the roman candle war, or the sand-trap building. Forever my favorite film.
Este tercer largometraje de Takeshi Kitano fue el que lo catapultò a la fama internacional como director tras su presentaciòn en Cannes. La cinta es una curiosa mezcla de generos e influencias, que van desde el violento cine de Yakuzas hasta la comedia màs ligera, salpicada con buenas dosis de lirismo. Por cierto, la chica que Kitano se "liga" en la playa, muestra el mejor par de tetas que se hayan visto en años.
I've got that imaginary friend who keeps telling me how wonderful his films are, and I try to appreciate them, but they're just violent low-budget yakuza glorifiers with a huge art-crowd fan base. He was amazing in Gohatto, though. Now that's a film!
My first Kitano experience and I have found a new fillmmaker that I cannot wait to explore. The mix of violence and dark/offbeat comedy blends much better than it should, which is a testament to everyone involved. The story also allows enough for it to seem like it would reward repeat viewings. Definitely recommended.
An exploratory commedia of violence that cast shades light and dark. Kitano's character in a passive and Keatonian manner manages his way through the film's events as though at times a passing observer The sheer brutality is shown either in quiet scenes or staged dramatics, each death its own image. Strangely affecting and powerful cinema.