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

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Nishi leaves the police in the face of harrowing personal and professional difficulties. Spiraling into depression, he makes questionable decisions.



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


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 Anonymous

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Release Date:

20 March 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fireworks  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$233,986 (USA) (10 April 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


By coincidence, another 1997 film had the same title but in a different language: Italian romantic comedy Fuochi d'artificio (1997), also meaning "fireworks". See more »


Yoshitaka Nishi: Next time, I'll kill you.
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Referenced in The Cure (1997) See more »

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A Japanese masterpiece

Kitano's Hana-bi is something quite special, a film where images of violence and beauty are juxtaposed. The violence is deadly, but certainly not gratuitous or pointless. The beauty is the love story, the happiness between a cop and his wife.

There are 3 main stories in the picture, each one given the time it deserves. The film is beautiful to watch, the camera work is slick and amazing.

The direction is faultless and no frame is wasted. The film's images speak out, they are very powerful. The long silences add so much to the film, the director really knew what he was doing.

The screenplay is almost in the shadow of the awe-inspiring images, but does give the picture a deserving foundation!

The performances are 101% perfect, very authentic!

The film's musical score is beautiful, it feels very isolated from the images which only adds to the raw ambience, it's perfect!

This is a Japanese masterpiece, see it in wide-screen!

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