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.
Jaime N. Christley
July 07, 2004