Paul's Review of Fireworks (Hana-bi)
A moody, emotional character study of someone pushed passed the brink. Kitano's performance is catatonic, yet masterful as the story goes. It isn't necessarily action packed, the roberry is like most of the story, subtle and ambiguous, as in the characters and events are somehow in this distracted zone. It's a confident and competent film, morally ambivelant with a rather ambiguous ending, and certainly not for all tastes. The over-the-top violence is saved by the subtle reactions. All in all, a great movie. Deductions from the music that didn't necessarily fit.