Dec 1, 2019
Kitano directs an exquisite movie, where his trademark violence is toned down by scenes of calm beauty, with the paintings, the scenery and Joe Hisaishi's music being the foremost elements of this characteristic
Feb 11, 2019
The maverick Japanese master filmmaker's haunting, gorgeous pluperfectly balanced elegy to art and conjugal love is also a brilliant action painting of the wages of extravagant violence. (And absurdly, brutally funny, as well.)
Sep 18, 2017
Released on blu ray for the first time in the U.S., Film Movement's disc features a glorious looking HD digital restoration of the film.
Jan 17, 2017
Hana-Bi is a rare and unique portrayal of violence, futile anger and defiance.
Aug 21, 2009
Compared to [Takeshi] Kitano, Bruce Willis is a wimp, Harrison Ford is a creep, and Mel Gibson is a joke.
Jul 13, 2005
Apr 9, 2005
The lyrical film about cops, yakuza and a rekindled love between a man and woman is being released on a re-mastered Blu-ray edition that is rich in its story and bonus extras
Jul 7, 2004
Kitano uses his own face as a blank slate with which to sketch a complicated human being.
Oct 23, 2003
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.
Jul 5, 2003
May 20, 2003
Feb 28, 2002
A really good example of character development by actions, without the benefit of dialog or mannerisms.
Sep 7, 2001
Moody drama from Takeshi Kitano.
Jan 1, 2000
Jan 1, 2000
Simultaneously coolly stylized and surprisingly emotionally persuasive.
Jan 1, 2000
This highly original film is at times a masterpiece and at other times it seems like a grade B-movie.
Jan 1, 2000
Takeshi Kitano, who made it, must be very serene or very angry; only extreme states allow such a narrow focus.
Jan 1, 2000
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.
Jan 1, 2000
A fascinating film.
Jan 1, 2000