Sonatine

Sonatine
by Takeshi Kitano (1993)

An old and weary gangster named Murakawa is forced by his boss Kitajima to undertake one last mission to end a war between rival gangs.

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“…๐˜๐˜ต’๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ’๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฅ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ข ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ. ๐˜‹๐˜ฐ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ…๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ’๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ง? ๐˜ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ’๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜ฉ. ๐˜ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜ฉ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ!”
“๐˜๐˜ง ๐˜ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜ฉ, ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ข ๐˜จ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ?”
“๐˜‰๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜บ…!”
“๐˜‰๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ ๐˜ด๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜บ.”
“๐˜‰๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ’๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฅ๐˜บ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ…”
“๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ’๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ, ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฉ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ช๐˜ต.”
(๐€๐ง๐ข๐ค๐ข ๐Œ๐ฎ๐ซ๐š๐ค๐š๐ฐ๐š & ๐Œ๐ข๐ฒ๐ฎ๐ค๐ข)

SAME BEACH, SAME SEA

Death cannot be avoided, desired, or deceived. And life is its inevitable consequence.

The characters in this film know this well, members of the yakuza (Japanese mafia) sent on a suicide mission to the island of Okinawa.

Murakawa, the cold and cynical protagonist, knows it even better. So disillusioned with everything and everyone, so apathetic and insensitive to the reality around him, with his almost mocking grin conditioned by a partial facial paralysis.

There are no grand schemes; nothing seems to really matter. Everything appears as a passive acceptance of the end.

There is only the beach, the place to always return to after every mission.

The place where one regresses to childhood, where they play, joke, and dance with the illusion of stopping time, even for just an instant, to try to ease the grip and escape from that terrible anguish caused by the pain of living.

**Considerations**

Takeshi Kitano, a famous Japanese TV comedian, here in his fourth directorial effort, directs and stars in what is his first masterpiece.
A film that made him known in Europe (it arrived in Italy only in 2000) and goes beyond its reference genre.

A story where the sparse and basic plot serves only as a pretext to delve into deep reflections on human nature and also a severe critique of a society that seems to have lost all sense and value.

A perfect, varied, total work: profoundly realistic, raw, and relentless when needed, but also poetic, moving, and, in some sequences, even comic.

The ending of Sonatine is a gut punch, hard to forget, but also extremely true and inevitable.

A special mention also goes to the soundtrack by Joe Hisaishi: brilliant, effective, and essential enough to perfectly complement the images on the screen.

Sonatine is a must-see film, absolutely, at least once in a lifetime.


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