Notes from the attic: Sonatine

We watched Sonatine (1993) last week in movie club. Written, directed and starring the badass Takeshi Kitano (aka Beat Takeshi), the film follows a group of Tokyo yakuza sent to Okinawa to flex some muscle. Things hit the fan, and the gang pretty much spends the rest of the film lying low on the beach. The film explores the frustrations, tedium, goofiness and extreme violence of being a gangster.  Rent it from 9th Street Vid.