A jaded gangster and his men are sent away on a supposedly peaceful mission to negotiate a settlement between two rival Yakuza clans. When things go terribly awry they hide out on a beach, suspecting they have been betrayed. The humanity of the gangsters is revealed as they play on the beach, creating a striking contrast to the swift and brutal violence that permeates this beautiful and tragic story.
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The review of this Movie prepared by C.G. Williams
This is a story of rejected Yakuzas on the run after being betrayed by their mob boss. They hide out in an abandoned cabin on the beach and there begin to enjoy a simple playful life even though they are living on borrowed time. A woman enters the scene after the main character witnesses her rape and kills the rapist, the married woman falls in love with the main character, and has a scandoulous affair with him. The end comes for all but the woman. The main character commits suicide after making the Mob pay with their lives for killing his friends and for the betrayal.
The review of this Movie prepared by Madeleine
SONATINE is a movie written and directed by Takeshi Kitano in 1993.
Takeshi Kitano is an aging yakuza tired of his criminal activity. He is sent by his boss in Okinawa in order to help settle a gang conflict. Several of his men die and Kitano must retreat in a cabin near the sea and wait there for days with several of his men. He helps a young woman after she was assaulted and falls for her. Soon the criminals, unaware of what's going on in Okinawa nor Tokyo, enjoy their forced holidays and begin to play like children on the beach.
A movie to discover.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler