Hana-bi

Hana-bi

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: JPN MOVIE HAN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (103 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Jan 10, 2018

An eccentric, wildly unpredictable gem from writer-director-star Takeshi "Beat" Kitano, this hard-boiled cop story veers from quiet, tender sentimentalism to explosive, in-your-face violence. Hiding behind mirrored shades for much of the film, Kitano plays Nishi--a devoted husband and friend, and a super-deadly foe--with ice-cool, nearly wordless reserve. Aside from an involuntary facial tic, Nishi's mask-like face rarely changes, even when he's blasting away at bad guys. "Fireworks" is a poetic crime-thriller from one of Japan's preeminent icons.

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