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Fireworks (1997)
"Hana-bi" (original title)

 -  Crime | Drama | Romance  -  20 March 1998 (USA)
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A police officer leaves the force in the face of harrowing personal and professional difficulties. Spiraling into a depression he makes questionable decisions.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Yoshitaka Nishi (as 'Beat' Takeshi)
Kayoko Kishimoto ...
Miyuki, Nishi's wife
Ren Ôsugi ...
Horibe
Susumu Terajima ...
Nakamura
Tetsu Watanabe ...
Tesuka
Hakuryû ...
Yakuza Hitman
Yasuei Yakushiji ...
Criminal
Tarô Itsumi ...
Kudo
Ken'ichi Yajima ...
Doctor
Makoto Ashikawa ...
Tanaka
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Tanaka's widow
Tsumami Edamame ...
Businessman Throwing Rocks
Yûrei Yanagi ...
Chef #1
Sujitarô Tamabukuro ...
Chef #2
Tokio Seki ...
Old Hick
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Storyline

Nishi is a cop whose wife is slowly dying of Leukemia. One of his partners gets shot on the job and is confined to a wheel chair for the rest of his life and becomes suicidal. Nishi, feeling guilt over his partners accident, tries to help him in any way he can. At the same time, Nishi leaves the police force to spend more time with his dying wife. However, in order to do the right things for those he loves, Nishi must do wrong things. Spiraling deeper into desperation and slowly building up to tragedy. Written by Anonymous

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Opening Weekend:

$59,508 (USA) (20 March 1998)

Gross:

$233,986 (USA) (10 April 1998)
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The Japanese title translates into 'Fireworks", but if you look further into the basis of the Japanese character for 'fireworks', you will see that it is composed of two smaller words - 'fire' and 'flower'. And like the linguistic basis of the title, the story and style of "Hana-Bi" is the synthesis of two opposing images, one being an agent of destruction, and the other a symbol of birth and renewal. See more »

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Miyuki, Nishi's wife: Thank you - thank you for everything.
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Awesome movie!
25 September 2004 | by (Riga, Latvia) – See all my reviews

Takeshi Kitano is great as always, and this movie is the true masterpiece of a genius. It truly has everything a masterpiece needs - excellent actors (Susumu Terajima,Ren Osugi and Takeshi Kitano himself

  • the usual "Kitano crew"), perfect directing, awesome plot and script,


and a unique atmosphere, which is created by a mix of sorrow and joy, drama and humor , violence and love, which properly balanced create this great movie. His movie is realistic and shows us one of a million ways a man can honorably end his life. It doesn't suggests or judges anything, it just draws a picture so beautiful and real, that you can only admire it. 10/10.


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