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Nishi (Beat Takeshi) is a beleaguered Japanese police officer. His wife, Miyuki (Kayoko Kishimoto), is suffering from leukemia, and his partner, Horibe (Ren Ôsugi), is paralyzed after gangsters violently attacked him. Nishi is fed up, and wants to give up his job in order to be with Miyuki. To do so, he is forced to borrow money from the Yakuza, and then, to clear his debt, he robs a bank. The Yakuza, however, are not pleased so easily, and they continue to hound Nishi for more money.

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  • Dec 29, 2011
    Gorgeous piece of poetry with seductive interruptions of beautiful violence about the power of will to choose forcefully over tragic circumstances. Marvelous masterpiece. 97/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 16, 2011
    A profoundly moving, poetic movie, made of extremes that on most occasions works, but on others the contrasts are a bit too much to handle. Nevertheless no one should miss this and I dare you not to feel "something" towards Nishi's character.
    Francisco G Super Reviewer
  • Jul 14, 2011
    Winner of the 1996 Venice Film Festival 'Golden Lion' award, Hana-Bi (roughly translated as 'Fireworks' or 'Fire-flower') is Takeshi "Beat" Kitano's sixth directorial outing and a powerful tale of love, loss and anger. The plot is, as expected in a Kitano film, minimal, following police officer Nishi (played by Kitano himself), an angry and violent cop whose slowly dying wife's medication is being funded for by Yakuza loan sharks. Nishi himself is very much what we've come to expect from Kitano, his stoic expression and silent nature draw a likeness to his roles in earlier films like 'Violent Cop' and 'Sonatine' and his extreme outbursts of violence seem to be the norm now. Where 'Hana-Bi' really establishes its brilliance however is with Hirobe, a police officer who was shot in the line of duty and spends his wheelchair bound days painting. A lot of beautiful artwork is featured throughout the film and all of it is attributed to Kitano himself, revealing a side of the auteur never before seen on film and giving the film the same (if a little weaker) personal feeling found in 'Sonatine'. It's very hard to write about Hana-bi without feeling like I'm repeating what I've said one million times before in my various other Kitano reviews, and in some ways this sums up perfectly what the film is to me, yes it's poignant, brilliant and a deserved recipient of The Golden Lion, but despite all this it just feels a little safe.
    Cameron S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 30, 2010
    Jaded and troubled cop gives his soon-to-be-dead wife a final road trip. I like Takeshi Kitano, and I particularly like Fireworks. He manages to combine violence, poignancy and comedy without throwing the pace of the film. and he leaves space and silence which others would fill with endless dialog or blow-em-ups. but which show you far more about the characters than a ten-page exposition or explosion ever could. And to add icing to the cake, a soundtrack by Joe Hisaishi.. Beautiful. <img src="http://www.larepublicacultural.es/IMG/jpg_Kitano_02.jpg">
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