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Hana-bi | はなび

Takeshi Kitano Japan, 1997

the_mentaculus's rating of the film Fireworks

Kitano's acting - and his editing cadence - infers either sleepwalking stoicism or quiet menace. In its execution, his film Fireworks is nearly flawless. But what really makes it stand alone from others in its genre is Nishi's fully-realized relationship with his wife. In augmenting their touching scenes with graphic, brutal violence, Kitano creates a unique, beautiful sort of redemption, indeed.