Fireworks is an action film aware of the consequences of its actions, reflecting on a grief and regret that is surely autobiographical. Physically and mentally scarred, Nishi's deeds seem somewhat sociopathic, but there is also a deep compassion for family and friends that is at odds with the dispassionate demeanor behind the sunglasses and Nishi's capacity for, and long history of, violence. A strange meditation.
The tightrope walked between man’s cold brutality and gentle compassion is mirrored by shifting subplots and imagery. For me, this was a re-viewing one of the best edited films I’ve ever seen. No scene is wasted, and moments linger when you need them to do so. I also appreciate that the story is told non sequentially in order to show the impact events had on the main character.
I'd forgotten how good this is. Might've been the first Takeshi movie I rented. Non-stop tragedy with comedic relief tossed in, often black humor. Musical score is perfect. Constant allegory, foreshadowing, it's got a lot of depth. Plot unfolds through out-of-sequence memories, then it moves through Nishi's solution to everyone's misery. Even the last sad moment maintained a gag running through it.
3-4. A firework: a mechanism with a timed fuse that triggers a violent explosion resulting on sublimely gorgeous color. That's pretty much the perfect description for the film and the main character. Vibrantly whimsical third act built on and juxtaposed with striking violence from a slow moving timer of a first act. Overall it's something like if Tarantino directed a Ghibli movie, but way less talky.
Nadie esperaría encontrar belleza en una cinta sobre yakuzas y un ex-policía cometiendo crímenes que además tiene brotes de violencia brutal y humor entrañable, pero cuando se revela el motivo del protagonista es imposible evitar que la tristeza subyacente nos envuelva. Y ese final nihilista es devastador. Eros y tanatos, vida y muerte, creación y destrucción, amor y odio. Es una obra maestra llena de dualidades.
A great contrast between compassion and the result of violence. The film uses great abrupt edits to show how quickly a mood can change when playing with fire. However, some of the scenes are a little dragged out and the film does seem a little repetitive at times. Still worth a watch.
The first Kitano I saw--and marvelous, for its unique structure and (partly as a result of that structure) remarkable depth of form and feeling. Its absence of dialogue, gorgeous and emotional score, use of Kitano's own startlingly adept artwork, his disciplined and moving performance--all, within his writer-director's one-of-a-kind vision--make this film...well, an absolute revelation.
The script is not the most polished, but what makes this film special is the melancholic ambience resulting from the editing, soundtrack and stoic character. I like how the relationship with his wife is presented in such a minimalistic way, this set of wordless situations of tenderness, where Nishi can actually feel something. The title is very well chosen and adds another value of meaning to explore by the viewer.
Awe-inspiring. The editing sets and maintains the tone. Brief fireworks of quick shots in between scenes of pensive silence or halting monologue. Sometimes the fireworks are flashbacks, sometimes flash forwards, and sometimes of the moment. This rhythm is the rhythm of everyday life: monotony and emptiness, with very occasional moments of horror or happiness.