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Several yakuza from Tokyo are sent to Okinawa to help end a gang war. The war escalates and the Tokyo drifters decide to lay low at the beach.

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Takeshi Kitano

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Takeshi Kitano
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Cast

Credited cast:
Takeshi Kitano ... Aniki Murakawa
Aya Kokumai Aya Kokumai ... Miyuki
Tetsu Watanabe ... Uechi
Masanobu Katsumura Masanobu Katsumura ... Ryoji
Susumu Terajima Susumu Terajima ... Ken
Ren Osugi ... Katagiri (as Ren Ôsugi)
Tonbo Zushi Tonbo Zushi ... Kitajima
Ken'ichi Yajima Ken'ichi Yajima ... Takahashi
Eiji Minakata Eiji Minakata ... The Hit Man
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hiroshi Ando Hiroshi Ando ... Ito
Chris Britton ... Gangster with shades (as Christopher Britton)
Takeshi Fukazawa Takeshi Fukazawa ... Sakai
Bob Gunter ... Gangster
Rome Kanda ... Gangster
Hôka Kinoshita Hôka Kinoshita ... A member of kitajima-gumi
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Storyline

A world-weary yakuza in Tokyo is assigned to take his clan to Okinawa to help settle a dispute between two factions. He's suspicious of the assignment, but he goes, and within a couple days, his role remains unclear and several of men are dead. He retreats to a house on a remote beach to wait. The first night there , he rescues a young woman from an assault, and they develop a playful relationship. Over time, it becomes clear he's been set up, sent to Okinawa so that others can take over his lucrative territory. As his clan dwindles, he plans a revenge. But, what if he's successful? What is there to life anyway? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The mob put the finger on him...so he gave them the finger back - curled tight around a trigger! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody shootings, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Miramax

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

10 April 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sonachine See more »

Filming Locations:

Okinawa, Japan

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,527, 12 April 1998

Gross USA:

$58,834

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$58,834
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Maeda: Fancy something to drink?
Bald Yakuza: No. My stomach still hurts from when you stabbed me.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the closing credits, various shots of the beach that were taken a year or so later, are included. See more »

Connections

References Violent Cop (1989) See more »

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A deep moving piece, trapped in the image of an action film
5 July 2003 | by ViderumSee all my reviews

From the cover, to the idea of a film about Yakuza may start up images of this being a violent action film with gangs shooting off guns, dealing drugs, and chaos in the streets (Wong Kar-Wai's Fallen Angels had a similar problem, from what I heard). Violent it can be at times, but action it is not. If one wants to try and disagree, look closely at the last 5 minutes. This is a slow, but very ambitious film about how going down the wrong path and no longer being able to take it. It features little dialouge, but strong presence and meaning. Where even it's little to no action scenes can mean more than just words and violence.


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