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Hana-bi

Fireworks

DVD - 1998 | Japanese
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A hard-boiled ex-cop, haunted by a troubled past and pushed to the edge by the shooting of his partner, confronts his demons in a ruthless quest for justice and redemption.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : New Yorker Video, c1998
Edition: Collectors ed
ISBN: 9781567302233
1567302238
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (103 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Fireworks

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jimg2000
Oct 03, 2017

Many thanks to Sandoz's recommendations on this unusual tragic family romantic drama of a violent terse cop and members of an unfortunate yakuza gang in his path. A must watch for Takeshi 'Beat' Kitano (latest work in “Ghost in the Shell”) fans. As credit rolls, can't help but to admire Kitano's talent in all aspects of cinema:

BEAT TAKESHI KITANO as Nishi
Paintings and Drawings by TAKESHI KITANO
Written and Directed by TAKESHI KITANO

Excerpt from wiki:
Takeshi Kitano (北野 武 Kitano Takeshi, born 18 January 1947) is a Japanese comedian, television personality, director, actor, author, and screenwriter. While he is known primarily as a comedian and TV host in his native Japan, abroad he is known almost entirely for his filmwork.

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MontMoroc
Jan 10, 2017

While some viewers may find FIREWORKS slightly inaccessible, others will clearly be drawn into Takeshi Kitano's brilliant use of sight, sound, and silence to tell this intensely layered story of ex-cop Nishi -- haunted equally by a violent past and an uncertain future with a wife slowly dying of Leukemia.
This is a beautiful and tender movie. This is Japanese cinema at its most direct, and here we have an intimate glance at Kitano's beautiful paintings, that he made during a convalescence from a terrible motorcycle accident.

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jimg2000
Oct 03, 2017

What kind of detective was Mr. Nishi?
-He was a great cop. Decorated many times. He and Mr. Horibe were a perfect team. Whenever Mr. Horibe got too rough Mr. Nishi would stop him.
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But when Mr. Nishi hit the roof, he was more frightening.
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Dented the bumper a bit, but you can have it for 200,000.
-I think this car has been stolen. How about 50,000?

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You're nothing but a yakuza loan shark. An expert at dirty tricks.
-You borrow money, and call me a yakuza loan shark?
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"SNOW"
"LIGHT"
"SUICIDE"

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