Fireworks (Hana-bi) (1997)
Average Rating: 8.3/10
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Actor and auteur Takeshi Kitano (who in Japan also uses the stage name "Beat" Takeshi, primarily for his work as a television comedian) wrote, directed, edited, and starred in this unusual crime drama. Nishi (Takeshi Kitano) is a policeman whose emotions seem to run only on two extreme paths -- either quiet contentment or brutal rage. Nishi's life is falling apart around him; his daughter was murdered, his wife, Miyuki (Kayoko Kishimoto), is dying of leukemia, his partner, Horibe (Ren Osugi),
Sep 3, 1997 Wide
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Takeshi Kitano, who made it, must be very serene or very angry; only extreme states allow such a narrow focus.
Kitano uses his own face as a blank slate with which to sketch a complicated human being.
Kitano makes static, understated movies about existences wasted, and rediscovering the joy of being, for a brief time, alive.... Violence comes in sudden bursts, as a shocking interruption.
A really good example of character development by actions, without the benefit of dialog or mannerisms.
An exceptional piece of filmmaking, a drama that blurs the line between the ultra-violent cop movie genre and weepy but moving melodrama, and does it very convincingly.
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