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Hana-bi

Hana-bi

Hana-bi

1998 / 103min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: TAKESHI KITANO

CAST: TAKESHI KITANO, TAKESHI KITANO, KAYOKO KISHIMOTO, KAYOKO KISHIMOTO, REN OHSUGI, REN OHSUGI

The two sides of Kitano’s directorial personality, the warm, tender, observant dramatist and the master of controlled chaos, merge effortlessly in this, perhaps his best-loved film. Retired detective Nishi (Kitano) turns to duplicitous means to look after his dying wife (Kayoko Kishimoto) and his wheelchair-bound ex-partner (Ren Osugi), but when the yakuza come to collect on a debt, well, he has to take care of them, too. The title means “Fireworks,” and they’re glorious.