Takeshi Kitano / JP, 1993 / 92 min.
Yakuza boss Murakawa, one of the most violent gangsters in Tokyo, retreats with his men to a hiding place by the sea. Here they kill time with absurd, deadly games. Kitano achieves an astonishing feat of stoical acting and presents the story in clear, balanced images.
A large part of Sonatine is set in a seaside refuge for gangster Murakama and his henchmen. In beautifully stylised scenes, we see the world through Murakama’s jaded eyes. The stunning beach and turquoise sea could be an idyll, were it not for the deadly violence that may be hiding just around every corner.
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