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Heaven's Burning (1997)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  3 April 1998 (USA)
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After a botched bank job, a gang takes a hostage, Japanese girl on the run from arranged marriage, and escapes. Their wheelman saves the girl from them and the two go on the run with the cops, the gang and her psycho father on their tail.

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Mahood
Petru Gheorghiu ...
Boorjan
Anthony Phelan ...
Bishop
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Moffat
Colin Hay ...
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Sharon
Norman Kaye ...
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Kate Fitzpatrick ...
Gloria
Kuni Hashimoto ...
Oshima
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Gullbuddin
Christopher Duncan ...
Confused Man (as Christopher Duncan)
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"Heaven's Burning" tells the story of a man and a woman who are inexplicably thrown together, amid violence and chaos. They quickly find themselves on the run from many adversaries, but find time to fall in love along the way. Written by Dave Nusair <dnusair@chat.carleton.ca>

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on the run | love | hostage | bank | japanese | See more »

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Rated R for violence, language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »
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AUD 16,525 (Australia) (7 November 1997)

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AUD 16,525 (Australia) (7 November 1997)
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When Yukio, after having a bike wreck, is standing at the side of the road, you can very clearly see the shadow of the boom mic falling on the dusty road. See more »

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BAYOU PON PON
Performed by Le Trio Cadien
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First of all, I'd like to say that this is a very unique, but also
4 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

First of all, I'd like to say that this is a very unique, but also important film that is making a social commentary on the oppression that (specifically, but not exclusively,)many Japanese women suffer at the hands of their domineering and quite often abusive husbands. Because of their ancient cultural structure and social and familial pressures, these women are forced into marriages that are probably not always fulfilling, and this incredible Australian? director has tackled the telling of this poor woman's predicament, which alot of Asian women may be able to relate to, without being able to speak up about it for themselves. At the same time, this director, by bringing Russell Crowe, and a plot that revolves around a bank robbery gone awry, with plenty of action and gore, is probably going to attract viewers who otherwise wouldn't really care about the problems Japanese women face. He is therefore challenging those people to take a look at this human rights issue, and bringing it to light, which is good for everybody. The inter-racial romance is an added entertaining element, but if that's all that viewers see, then they're missing the point. Let's face it,inter-racial relationships between Japanese women and foreign men have been going on since the early days of exploration by Europeans. The director of this film, along with everybody involved must be commended for taking a gamble on a topic that obviously can be touchy, and at the same time misunderstood by the typical, shallow public. To top it off, he also manages to make an homage to the classical composer Richard Wagner, first with the guy in a wheelchair, played by the ex-Men at Work singer (forgot-his-name),who should get an Oscar for his Heroic performance, and then again with the music from Tristan and Isolde at the very end! A really Cool Flic!


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