i saw this film at a friends house for the first time when i was 13. at the time i was attending a fairly exclusive private school, one whose education my parents and psyche could only afford for three years. the friend who was hosting me had just spent his spring break in Japan.
mostly i liked it because it was cool, and that was consensus among those whose acceptance i craved. what i forgot was how wonderfully multifaceted it is. symbolism, characterizations, mise-en-scene, only time could impart on me the magnitude and prophecy of Sonatine’s explorations of the liminal self.