Nishi is a cop whose wife is slowly dying of Leukemia. One of his partners gets shot on the job and is confined to a wheel chair for the rest of his life and becomes suicidal. Nishi, feeling guilt over his partners accident, tries to help him in any way he can. At the same time, Nishi leaves the police force to spend more time with his dying wife. However, in order to do the right things for those he loves, Nishi must do wrong things. Spiraling deeper into desperation and slowly building up to tragedy. –IMDb
“Beat” Takeshi Kitano is widely considered to be Japan’s foremost media personality. In addition to his work in the film industry he is an active newspaper columnist, an author and poet, and a ubiquitous presence on Japanese television where he can be seen in up to eight prime time shows per week.Kitano first found fame, as well as his “Beat” nickname, in the early ‘70s as one-half of the manzai comedy duo The Two Beats, a fast-paced, cross-talk act that thrilled audiences with their off-color humor and satirical bite. Throughout the early ’80s, Kitano acted in a number of films, most memorably in Nagisa Oshima’s Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983).
In 1989 Kitano added another facet to his career — serious film director. He was set to star in a police thriller that was to be directed by gangster film veteran Kinji Fukasaku. When Fukasaku had to leave the film, the film’s producers offered Kitano the directing chores. He reworked the script and the result was Violent Cop, a… read more
Kitano knocked me out again with this one. Fireworks is just simply a lush, beautiful film. Few directors rival Kitano's ability to imbue films with such life and feeling. There is a real sense of melancholy here, and I found myself on the verge of tears more than once. This is also a genre bender. Ostensibly it's a yakuza film, but there's very little violence or crime for that matter. It's more a meditation on life, death, and art. Kitano plays Nishi with such subtlety, I forgot that he was acting. It's obvious how personal his films are to him, and this came after his motorcycle accident that left him with a somewhat renewed sense of life. I can't recommend this one enough.
Glory to the Filmmaker indeed. As reported on The Auteurs yesterday, Takeshi Kitano is currently the toast of Paris, prompting Movie Poster
Commandeurs des Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. France has no higher honor to confer to an artist. On Tuesday, Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand
There is a certain kind of solemnity that the filmmaker, Takeshi Kitano, brings about in Fireworks (1997). It could be coming from the main protagonist’s silence, or the simple yet elegant works of… read review
Kitano, cinéaste singulier aux personnages qui le sont tout autant s’attaque une fois de plus à ce qui fait sa force. En outre, on retrouve une petite part au monde des yakuzas, un milieu que Kitano… read review