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4.1
2,568 Ratings

Fireworks

Hana-bi

Directed by Takeshi Kitano
Japan, 1997
Crime, Drama, Romance

Synopsis

Actor and auteur Takeshi Kitano wrote, directed, edited, and starred in this unusual crime drama. He plays Nishi, a policeman whose emotions seem to run on extreme paths—either quiet contentment or brutal rage. In order to do right by those he loves, he’ll have to make some questionable decisions.

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Fireworks Directed by Takeshi Kitano
The film’s title translates to Fireworks while combining the Japanese words for “fire” and “flower,” two images that appear throughout the paintings. These paintings, along with frequent Kitano collaborator Joe Hisaishi’s marvelous score, bring much emotional power to this work.
November 16, 2016
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It’s an odd work that mixes almost cartoonish violence, comedy, and deep feeling to create a compelling and affecting film. “Beat” Takeshi Kitano is a wonderfully bold and original voice in world cinema who deserves your attention.
June 16, 2008
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Kitano’s morose, alienated take on what could be a standard-issue cops-and-gangsters tale is simultaneously coolly stylized and surprisingly emotionally persuasive. Yes, the scenes involving Nishi and his wife feel weirdly cloying at first, especially when you compare them with the jarringly violent sequences in between. But by the time you realize where it’s all going, it’s pretty tough to get that constricted feeling out of your throat.
November 02, 2004
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