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Sonatine (DVD) (UK Version) DVD Region 2

Kitano Takeshi (Actor, Director) | Kokumai Aya (Actor) | Watanabe Tetsu (Actor) | Terajima Susumu (Actor)
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Sonatine (DVD) (UK Version)
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All Editions Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10 (1)

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Product Title: Sonatine (DVD) (UK Version) Sonatine (DVD) (英國版) Sonatine (DVD) (英国版) Sonatine (DVD) (UK Version) Sonatine (DVD) (UK Version)
Artist Name(s): Kitano Takeshi (Actor) | Kokumai Aya (Actor) | Watanabe Tetsu (Actor) | Terajima Susumu (Actor) | Katsumura Masanobu (Actor) 北野武 (Actor) | 國舞亞矢 (Actor) | 渡邊哲 (Actor) | 寺島進 (Actor) | 勝村政信 (Actor) 北野武 (Actor) | 国舞亚矢 (Actor) | 渡边哲 (Actor) | 寺岛进 (Actor) | 胜村政信 (Actor) 北野武 (Actor) | 国舞亜矢 (Actor) | 渡辺哲 (Actor) | テラジマススム (Actor) | 勝村政信 (Actor) Kitano Takeshi (Actor) | Kokumai Aya (Actor) | Watanabe Tetsu (Actor) | Terajima Susumu (Actor) | Katsumura Masanobu (Actor)
Director: Kitano Takeshi 北野武 北野武 北野武 Kitano Takeshi
Release Date: 2012-08-14
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English
Country of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: PAL What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Duration: 94 (mins)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1031327243

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10 (1)

Kevin Kennedy
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November 12, 2007

This customer review refers to A Century Of Japanese Cinema - Sonatine (Hong Kong Version)
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Great film of yakuza life Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
"Sonatine" is an unusually good gangster film. Takeshi Kitano seems to have a deep understanding of both the absurdity and the deadly seriousness of yakuza life. In this, "Sonatine" bears some similarity to Juzo Itami's "Minbo". However, "Minbo" is a very angry comic film, reflecting Itami's hatred of the yakuza; it depicts the yakuza as thuggish boobs. Kitano's vision is less judgmental and is framed in scenes of startling beauty.

Kitano plays a yakuza leader named Murakawa. He and his gang are sent to Okinawa to defend the interests of his gang's affiliate there. They end up becoming enmeshed in a violent gang war, with more at stake for Murakawa personally than he originally had suspected.

This description of the story, while accurate, is also a bit misleading. Much of the film is spent showing the Murakawa's gang holed up in a house on a remote Okinawan beach waiting for something to happen. We see the gangsters engage in children's games to pass the time. It leads to several hilarious scenes and features cinematography of exceptional beauty. Kitano also makes effective use of Okinawan folk music to underline the strangeness of the setting.

The ending of "Sonatine" has left many people scratching their heads in wonder. I believe that Kitano gives us two clues to help us understand the ending. First, recall the image we see at the film's opening, an image of a speared fish. Second, recall that Murakawa speaks of how tired he is. Keep those thoughts in mind when you watch the end of this film.

For its abrupt violence and brief nudity, "Sonatine" is not suitable for kids, but I can recommend it wholeheartedly for a mature audience. This is a terrific film!
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