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Zatoichi + Sonatine (Kitano) - US release

Director(s): Beat Takeshi Kitano

Theatrical Release: 2003

Cast: Beat Takeshi Kitano, Tadanobu Asano, Michiyo Okusa, Yui Natsukawa

Genre(s): Action, martial arts, samurai, Dean's List

Countries: Japan


Location in store: Asian Cinema > Martial Arts + Samurai Films

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(4 / 4)
Ant Rating
7.6
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Running Time: 116m.

Beat Takeshi Kitano directs and plays the title role in this tribute to the wildly popular "blind swordsman" of Japanese cinema who was the hero of more than 20 movies and a television series from the early '60s to the late '80s. In Kitano's version, Zatôichi wanders into a town harassed by criminal gangs, and helps two geishas take revenge on the men who murdered their parents. His mission leads him to a final, bloody confrontation with the gang's mastermind and his hired assassin (Tadanobu Asano), a swordsman with a reputation as lethal as Zatôichi. — Tom Vick (allmovie.com)

Member Reviews


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Review for Sonatine. (Zatoichi is pretty awesome too) by RW - June 1, 2008
Available as the second disk on Zatoichi (2006). A mid level yakuza boss travels to Okinawa to settle a dispute, but it soon becomes apparent that he has been sent there to die. The yakuza retreat to an abandoned beach house, passing the hours as pleasantly as they can under the unspoken knowledge of their inevitable deaths. The film is saturated with Kitano’s bittersweet atheistic nihilism, more powerful than in his other films as evidenced by his suicide attempt immediately after its release.
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