• 1998
  • Japan
  • 1h 43min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Takeshi Kitano
  • Written by: Takeshi Kitano
  • Cast: Beat Takeshi, Kayoko Kishimoto, Ren Osugi, Susumu Terajima
  • Language: Japanese

Kitano, a mega-star in Japan, returns to the director's seat for 'Hana-Bi', in which he stars as a cop suffering bouts of guilt. His wife is dying in hospital, his partner has been paralysed during a stakeout and he's so far in debt to the Yakuza that he's contemplating robbing a bank. The title, in Japanese, means 'fireworks', but this film doesn't explode like Takeshi's earlier films, 'Violent Cop' and 'Sonatine'. Instead, a more subdued atmosphere floats over a work that skillfully draws together its visual and emotional plains.

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