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4.1
2,499 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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It announces not only a new kind of "cop movie" but a template for a new kind of Kitano film. Violent Cop has its share of long pauses and gruesome violence, but in Fireworks Kitano embraces sentimentality that may strike some as maudlin, but the way he handles it is neither strong-armed nor phony. The film is heavy on nostalgia and even what we might call treacle, but the conviction the filmmaker brings to the table forces one to entertain the notion that these scenes are, in fact, essential.
July 07, 2004
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