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Nineties: Young Cinema Rebels


Takeshi Kitano directs and stars in this violent gangland drama.

Image from Sonatine

Japan 1993
Dir Takeshi Kitano
With Takeshi Kitano, Aya Kokumai, Tetsu Watanabe, Masanobu Katsumura
English subtitles
Certificate 18

A Yakuza enforcer (Kitano) has grown tired of criminal life and resentfully heads to Okinawa to settle a dispute between his boss’s allies. A contemplative gangster film with bursts of violence, Sonatine solidified Kitano’s international reputation as a filmmaker, whereas he was mainly known as a comedian in his native Japan.

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