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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.

Director:

Takeshi Kitano

Writer:

Takeshi Kitano
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Takeshi Kitano ... Yoshitaka Nishi (as Beat Takeshi)
Kayoko Kishimoto Kayoko Kishimoto ... Nishi's wife
Ren Osugi ... Horibe
Susumu Terajima Susumu Terajima ... Nakamura
Tetsu Watanabe ... The Scrap Yard Owner
Hakuryû Hakuryû ... The Yakuza Hitman
Yasuei Yakushiji Yasuei Yakushiji ... Criminal
Tarô Itsumi Tarô Itsumi ... Kudo
Ken'ichi Yajima Ken'ichi Yajima ... Doctor
Makoto Ashikawa Makoto Ashikawa ... Tanaka
Yûko Daike ... Tanaka's widow
Tsumami Edamame Tsumami Edamame ... Businessman Throwing Rocks
Yûrei Yanagi Yûrei Yanagi ... Chef #1
Sujitarô Tamabukuro Sujitarô Tamabukuro ... Chef #2
Tokio Seki 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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

20 March 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fireworks See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$59,508, 22 March 1998

Gross USA:

$500,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$500,000
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1.85 : 1
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The man who sold he taxi cab had "Cactus Jack" t-shirt on. Cactus Jack is a professional wrestler known by his real name Mick Foley who wrestled in the 90's as Cactus Jack in International Wrestling Association of Japan. See more »

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Yoshitaka Nishi: Next time, I'll kill you.
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A masterpiece!
6 July 2002 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

'Hana-bi' is one of the most impressive movies I've seen in the last ten years. Writer/director/star Beat Takeshi (Takeshi Kitano) is best known in Japan as a comedian and TV personality, so this movie is even more astonishing to outsiders like myself. Takeshi has a very laconic and charismatic screen presence, and is no slouch as a director either. It's difficult to describe the feel of this movie, and its poetic use of violence. Peckinpah's brilliant and misunderstood 'Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia' comes to mind, as does Cassavetes' 'The Killing Of A Chinese Bookie', Ferrara's 'King Of New York' and 'Bad Lieutenant'. 'Hana-bi' reminds me of those movies but Takeshi adds his own unique voice to the material. I was knocked out by it, and I cannot recommend it highly enough to movie fans who are fascinated by the relationship between art and violence. I don't think calling this movie a masterpiece is an exaggeration. Absolutely essential viewing!


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