Sonatine ★★★½

Enjoyable deconstruction of Japanese gangster stories, which I don't know that much about, so some of the nuance is lost on me. But I've been following the recommendation of a friend to learn more about writer / director / star Takeshi Kitano, and he's great. He surrounds himself with oddball characters and gives them meaningful stories, circumstances, and stakes. I think the biggest takeaway for me the simply global influence of cool-as-hell ultra-violent crime / cops stuff coming out of America. While it's not terribly interesting to understand that this wave hit Japan (that's globalism / capitalism), it's super-interesting to learn what they did with it (turned it into a weird meditation on honor and peace and loss).