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Fireworks (1997)

Hana-bi (original title)
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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Yoshitaka Nishi (as Beat Takeshi)
Kayoko Kishimoto ...
Nishi's wife
Ren Ôsugi ...
Horibe (as Ren Osugi)
Susumu Terajima ...
Nakamura
Tetsu Watanabe ...
The Scrap Yard Owner
Hakuryû ...
The Yakuza Hitman (as Hakuryu)
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, 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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20 March 1998 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$233,986 (USA) (10 April 1998)
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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 »

Quotes

Miyuki, Nishi's wife: Thank you - thank you for everything.
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Enchanting Japanese film surpasses Anythin Hollywood can do!
16 March 2004 | by (Liverpool England) – See all my reviews

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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