Sonatine (Review)

sonatineIt’s hard for a company when one of your branches underperforms. Even harder when you’re the Yakuza, and bad PR undermines all that you’ve stolen, killed and intimidated for for so long.

In a small Japanese town two yakuza gangs are bickering. Nothing perilous, but it is placing the ceasefire between the rivals at risk.

Murikawa (Beat Takeshi) is sent in with a small crew to nip the childishness in the bud.

Weirdness ensues.

Think lengthy periods of inactivity and bizarre interspersed occasionally by sudden graphic violence. When Takeshi closed out his Zatoichi reboot with an odd musical sequence it was hailed as a triumph, there are four or five such sequences here, to which I cry overkill.

Murikawa always dresses sharp but his expression does not match the threads. All wait and no kill makes any yakuza… Not yakuza. Takeshi Kitano / Beat Takeshi has made his name with violent yakuza films, consider this a perplexing misfire.

Final Rating – 5.5 / 10. In the case of Sonatine one should not expect ‘gang war’, more ‘Ferris Musikawa’s Season Off’.

About OGR

While I try to throw a joke or two into proceedings when I can all of the opinions presented in my reviews are genuine. I don't expect that all will agree with my thoughts at all times nor would it be any fun if you did, so don't be shy in telling me where you think I went wrong... and hopefully if you think I got it right for once. Don't be shy, half the fun is in the conversation after the movie.
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