Nishi is a cop whose wife is slowly dying of leukemia. One of his partners gets shot on the job, which results in him being confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life and becoming suicidal. Nishi, feeling guilty of his partner's accident, tries to help him in any way he can. At the same time, Nishi leaves the police to spend more time with his dying wife. However, in order to do the right things for those he loves, Nishi must do something wrong, which has tragic consequences. Written by
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 »
Enchanting Japanese film surpasses Anythin Hollywood can do!
I Recently picked this film up on DVD having recognised Takeshi Kitano in Battle Royale. I Thought at best it would be Moderatly entertaining. I was so Wrong.... This piece of work (directed and starring Takeshi himself) is without a doubt the Most Enchanting Magical Compelling Moving film i have ever had the pleasure of watching. The Imageary in the film is powerful and is backed up by a moving story. Takeshi plays a tough Tokyo cop who is ruthless on the beat, but obviously calm and gentle around his terminally ill wife. When His Partener is Paralysed in an attack he Realises lifes to short so he Decides to Take his wife around japan letting her see and do everything she ever wanted to do. there is not much dialoge between takeshi and his wife but the emotions are played out superbly with brilliant performances from both Of them. The movie grips you and doesnt let go right up untill the Shocking Conclusion. The film is just perfect and is a work of art in itself as a visually stunning and charachtor driven piece of perfect film. I Love it
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