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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Kitano's acting - and his editing cadence - infers either sleepwalking stoicism or quiet menace. In its execution, his film Fireworks is nearly flawless. But what really makes it stand alone from others in its genre is Nishi's fully-realized relationship with his wife. In augmenting their touching scenes with graphic, brutal violence, Kitano creates a unique, beautiful sort of redemption, indeed.
"What's the use of watering dead flowers?" A masterpiece, undoubtedly. The tenderness of the film's melancholic feel is juxtaposed with the violent scenes - a film that explores life, its worth and meaning; death and its beauty and humanistic side. All the concepts focused on are carefully interwoven with art and its significance in human lives. A director whose other works I wish to see now.
Takeshi's to-date all-out masterpiece. More recent forays have often been overly formulaic ("Outrage") or just plain, trying-too-hard crazy ("Takeshis'"); but I can't help feeling that the man has one truly great, mature film in him. If it ever comes out is far from certain.
Vista una primera vez, este film de Kitano puede shockear a algunos espectadores por su alternancia de escenas hiperviolentas con otras de sutil lirismo, aunque, al abandonar la sala, uno tiene la ligera sensaciòn de que todo lo visto le viene valiendo madres a uno. Takeshi Kitano ha demostrado que puede hacer cosas mucho mejores.
Beat Takeshi is awesome, and his bruting violence is in full force. So many great things about his film, that as tragic as Takeshi can take his story he always likes to give us a wink and a smile. He is one of the true bad ass motherfuckers in the world.