Fireworks (Hana-bi)
Fireworks (Hana-bi) (1997)

Actor and auteur Takeshi Kitano (who in Japan also uses the stage name "Beat" Takeshi, primarily for his work as a television comedian) wrote, directed, edited, and starred in this unusual crime drama. Nishi (Takeshi Kitano) is a… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 11, 2000
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Takeshi Kitano, who made it, must be very serene or very angry; only extreme states allow such a narrow focus.

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Carlo Cavagna

Kitano makes static, understated movies about existences wasted, and rediscovering the joy of being, for a brief time, alive.... Violence comes in sudden bursts, as a shocking interruption.

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Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International

Simultaneously coolly stylized and surprisingly emotionally persuasive.

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Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

Compared to [Takeshi] Kitano, Bruce Willis is a wimp, Harrison Ford is a creep, and Mel Gibson is a joke.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

A really good example of character development by actions, without the benefit of dialog or mannerisms.

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Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

An exceptional piece of filmmaking, a drama that blurs the line between the ultra-violent cop movie genre and weepy but moving melodrama, and does it very convincingly.

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Jaime N. Christley
Slant Magazine

Kitano uses his own face as a blank slate with which to sketch a complicated human being.

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Phil Hall

Moody drama from Takeshi Kitano.

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Michael Dequina

Richly satisfying to the emotions and the senses.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Cameron Sherwell
Winner of the 1996 Venice Film Festival 'Golden Lion' award, Hana-Bi (roughly translated as 'Fireworks' or 'Fire-flower') is… More
El Hombre Invisible
The damaging effects of violence, the strong bonds between family and friends, and the healing power of art are explored in a visually effective way. It's… More
xGary Xx
An ex cop tries to spend time with his dying wife during her final days, but a Yakuza loan shark refuses to leave him in peace. A typically understated marriage… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
A film like Hana Bi perfectly embodies the phrase "less is more". Kitano doesn't waste any time in pointless exposition, dialogues and what not.… More
Bruce Bruce
This movie is from a list of movies played at the 1997 Toronto International Movie Festival.Its written by Takeshi Kitano and is 103 Minutes long. Its about a… More
Ken Stachnik
My first introduction to Kitano. Very interesting stylistically, sort of the anti-John Woo. Like if Sam Fuller had a man-baby with Gus Van Sant