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Ratings & Reviews

  1. NCMBianchi's rating of the film Fireworks

    At first it's a bit baffling to be approached by Kitano's blood-rich signature style coupled with a more oniric theme-based B-story. Music (mostly Joe Hisashi) always is a major element of this director's movies, but here brings a sort of separation between how different people react when facing an end.

  2. P Teddy Sawyer's rating of the film Fireworks

    An antidote to the mainstream stereotypes of Japan, and a touching glimpse of a nation gripped by terminal enui ....A journey with elements of French 'new-wave, Ken Loach on zen, and the classic down-at-heel Samourai thriller.'

  3. Ashley Spendlove's rating of the film Fireworks

    My favourite Kitano and possibly his finest achievement: a perfect demonstration of his idiosyncratic blend of comedy, sentimentality, violence and nihilism. There is a real poetry here - aural and visual - the combined elements of Hisaishi's score and Takeshi's artwork combining beautifully with the understated performances. Funny, horrifying and heartbreaking.

  4. moniquekidman's rating of the film Fireworks

    A meditative depiction of the effects of loss and tragedy on a person. The standouts here are the soundtrack, which is just overwhelmingly beautiful and punctuates certain moments perfectly rather than being present throughout the entirety, and the editing, which is so smooth that you are immediately pulled into this world and not released until the very end.

  5. Kevin Matthews's rating of the film Fireworks

    An effective blend of sweetness and violence from Takeshi Kitano.

  6. Thomas Dods's rating of the film Fireworks

    Though punctuated with moments of violence and terror, this is a beautiful film about finding meaning in life after loss and tradegy. Kitano is excellent - he is perhaps the most dead pan actor in the world and his shell shocked performance fits the film perfectly. The score (which reminds me of Studio Ghibli) is used sparingly with real impact. A film with true soul.

  7. kamil.lazar@yahoo.de's rating of the film Fireworks

    Deserves its 5 stars single-handedly for Joe Hisaishi's melancholic soundtrack and for the Japanese title which represents the contradicting and yet unifying nature of this movie with a poetic accuracy.

  8. Lewis Taylor's rating of the film Fireworks

    And they say looks can kill... those dandy sunglasses masking the noble, cold-blooded stare of a man seeking peace at any cost. Overblown soundtrack aside, this is a deeply satifying clash of colour, violence and melodrama.

  9. Taka's rating of the film Fireworks

    A calculated film designed to cater to the 'Western' audience. Not a bad film at all but lacks the ambition and rawness of some of his other films such as Sonatine.

  10. Superfrog's rating of the film Fireworks

    The photography is precious, the acting excellent on the part of beat takeshi. Some of the metaphorical content powerful.I felt undercaptured by the film though.

  11. Christofi Cotonou's rating of the film Fireworks

    Delicate drama that covers love, loss, bitterness and redemption. The art purveys a message that fireworks and flowers can seem very much the same thing. Also this is one of the most perfectly matched scores I've heard. Can't wait to watch more.

  12. Riccardo Anacar's rating of the film Fireworks

    Hanabi... the simplicity in the way profound feelings are expressed is overwhelming: 2 people, a table, a puzzle, some food, no words... it just explodes in your face...

  13. Luca Prosperi's rating of the film Fireworks

    Hana-Bi is quintessentially Kitano, and so quintessentially Japan. Action is inferred by the observers' expressions rather than snapshots of the act. Words are rare, and when profuse typically pronounced by uninteresting people. Human acts aim at heroism, but courage is sometimes retrenching. Dignity is unconventional, as is marital love. The movie's final words heartbreaking in the full awareness of a simple life.

  14. palombellarossa's rating of the film Fireworks

    Violence and sentiment hand in hand. A quite poetic balance.

  15. SiIencio's rating of the film Fireworks

    Kitano shows great deal of prowess combining a complex story with elegant aesthetics, confident enough to often suggest both the minutiae and the immense, in a film that meanders with meditative cadence sprinkled with outburst of bloody violence. An enormous talent looking for a signature film, Kitano is not exempt of petty sins. His Nishi, a reflection of The Man With No Name, feels immature, incomplete, restrained.

  16. smndvdcl's rating of the film Fireworks

    Kitano is an utterly singular creative - his sheer ownership of the craft may limit him on scale and scope but on enigmatic storytelling nous, he is a master.

  17. TZUHSIEN TANG's rating of the film Fireworks

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  19. Alvise Narduzzi's rating of the film Fireworks

    Invidiabile la lucidità mentale di Kitano, che scrive, mette in scena, gira, recita come protagonista ed alla fine monta il suo miglior film tutto da solo, riuscendo comunque a fare un lavoro ottimo. Il film è il riflesso del suo creatore : silenzioso, calmo ed assolutamente imprevedibile. Peccato per qualche scena che ogni tanto risulta un tantino forzata, rischiando di sbilanciare la comunque ottima sceneggiatura.

  20. Elia Canevascini's rating of the film Fireworks

    3,75/5 Kitano non si fa prendere per il culo da nessuno

  21. HSBilly's rating of the film Fireworks

    without mr. kitano, i don't know what would happen to this masterpiece

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  23. adalpi's rating of the film Fireworks

    Kitano si riconferma poeta e maestro del cinema. Imperdibile.

  24. Jeremiah Johnson's rating of the film Fireworks

    Again with the beach. In the 90s he loved to film those.

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