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2,996 Ratings


Hana-bi | はなび

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


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.

Our take

Who’d have expected a Japanese TV host and comedian to turn to such poignant filmmaking? Winner of the Golden Lion, Fireworks has proven to be one of of Takeshi Kitano’s best films: a masterpiece of sublime simplicity and staccato force, combating unsparing violence with bare sentimentality.

Fireworks Directed by Takeshi Kitano
In Fireworks’ new stylistic register, Kitano’s elliptical editing coexists with moments of introspection, and a renewed aesthetic adjusts to the film’s sentimentality.
February 03, 2020
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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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What emerges is more than the sum of its parts, an original and profound statement on mortality, how rich human life can be, and how quickly it can be taken away.
March 29, 2002
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