DVD - 2017 | Japanese
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Former police officer Nishi feels responsible for the shattered lives of his loved ones. His partner Horbie has been crippled in a disastrous stakeout, a colleague is shot dead by the same villain, and his own wife has a terminal illness. In debt to a yakuza loanshark, Nishi conceives a bank robbery to provide for his partner, help the dead cop's widow, and take one last holiday throughout Japan with his wife and share a final taste of happiness.
Publisher: [New York, New York] : Film Movement LLC, [2017]
Branch Call Number: JAPANESE DVD HANA-BI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (103 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet ([16] pages : color illustrations ; 15 cm)
video file,DVD video,rda
Language Note: In Japanese with optional English subtitles
Alternative Title: Fireworks


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May 09, 2018

This is one of the most pleasurable and unique film I had ever seen.
Beautiful stories, full of pain and love, friendship and families, undergoing illness and loss alongside. In addition to this story being told in many ways, the film is full of short vignettes, capturing moments of laughter, surprise and other fun observations. There are about a 100 of those, each more delicious than the other. The protagonist's wife, performed by Kishimoto Kayoko is treating us all with her beauty and ability to tell stories with her face expressions. She is truly a genius and I can't have enough of her. The rest of the cast is also outstanding, as well as their relationships as a team. Kitano is also very strong on communicating with expressions. His art displayed in different moments and ways in the film is both beautiful and powerful.

I also enjoyed listening to the Commentary by David Fear

Mar 27, 2018

What // Dirty Harry \\ should have been!
A film for purists everywhere, and where anti-crime gang violence rules the day!
Gave it four stars 'cause sometimes the blood on the screen was a shade too dark to qualify as real blood?

Jan 11, 2018

Any film by Takeshi Kitano is great and this one is no exception. Generally violent films, he juxtaposes those scenes with incredible cinematography. In this film, keep an eye out for the scenes in his wife's doctor's office, the pictures on the wall are by Kitano as well.


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