Fireworks ( Hana-bi ) Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 2359

Average Rating: 2.9/4

# of Ratings: 28

Theatrical Release Date: 03/20/1998

Language: Japanese

Genre: Crime, Drama

MPAA Rating: NR

Director: Takeshi Kitano

Actors: Takeshi Kitano, Kayoko Kishimoto, Ren Osugi, Susumu Terajima, Tetsu Watanabe, Hakuryu

Plot: Nishi is a police offer struggling to balance his personal and professional life. As his wife succumbs to Leukemia, a former partner becomes suicidal after suffering an accident that leaves him confined to a wheelchair. Nishi eventually leaves the force, but as he falls deeper into despair, makes questionable decisions to help those he loves. -- Chris Kavan

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"Hana-bi" by Yojimbo

Yojimbo - wrote on 02/29/2012

An ex cop tries to spend time with his dying wife during her final days, but a Yakuza loan shark refuses to leave him in peace. A typically understated marriage of violence and poetry from Beat Takeshi, Hana Bi examines loss and mortality in a deeply personal way. It shares many of the themes of Sonatine, but is not as brutally nihilistic; there is much warmth in the often wordless scenes with his wife which have far more humanity than the contrived schmaltz we are used to from most mainstream film making. Takeshi's laconic persona is taken to the extreme in this film as he silently deals with the loss of his child, his wife's illness and his guilt over his suicidal ex-partner's crippling injury, although he still manages to find humour with the use of some oddball supporting characters. …

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