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Many of you may be familiar with Takeshi ‘Beat’ Kitano due to Spike‘s overdubbing his game show Takeshi’s Magic Castle as Most Extreme Challenge. However, Kitano is also a prolific artist and filmmaker in Japan and Sonatine is probably the best of his many gangland opuses. Let’s take a look!
The movie follows Kitano as a Japanese gangster who wants out. His bosses, however, want him to pull one last job out in Okinawa. As with most last jobs, things go horribly awry leading Kitano and his team to hide out on the beach. Once there, a lot of non-action happens, but much like Wong Kar-Wai does, Kitano manages to make this non-action incredibly beautiful.
Like every Film Friday entry, there are suits galore. And like with most Film Fridays, it’s all about the fit and all about the details. Even in the noir darkness, one can see that this plain blue blazer fits Kitano well. And his colleague’s jacket, while it has gigantic lapels, is the perfect shade of grey for Spring or Summer, much like this Marc Jacobs blazer or these from Rag & Bone and Jil Sander.
Somehow, certain characters in the film manage to even make the most atrocious pieces look presentable if not downright stylish. Check out this minor character’s tie, reminiscent of a collaboration between Beauty & Youth of Japan and The Hillside of New York.
Along with the floral ties are plenty of floral tops. Again, the connotations of floral shirts (think Jimmy Buffett) are not exactly flattering, but the colors and patterns used make shirts like the ones above work. Take notes, old white men traveling in Hawaii. And the kid’s t-shirt in the first pic? Not too different from the type of stuff Japanese brand 45rpm is doing.
There’s also a little bit of the weird here and there (if the floral tie didn’t do it for you). Check out the pants on the somber gent to the left, oddly similar to this offering by the good folks at Oak.
And lest we forget about the ladies (a definite no-no), some more floral pieces. The above like any number of tops you’ll see floating around this summer, the dress like prettier, more vibrant versions of these by Jean Paul Gaultier and Tsumori Chisato.
And, in a nutshell, there’s the style of Sonatine. Like any previous Film Friday editions, of course not everyone will agree with this film’s inclusion as a movie with sartorial worth. In fact, many will probably share the same opinion as Kitano’s character above. The fact remains, though, that the characters in this film pull off both traditional and more daring pieces with ease and that makes it worth any Film Friday.