Hana-bi (はなび), a 1997 film written, directed and edited by Takeshi Kitano. Kitano plays Yoshitaka Nishi, a violent police detective…
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Hana-bi (はなび), a 1997 film written, directed and edited by Takeshi Kitano.
Kitano plays Yoshitaka Nishi, a violent police detective who had to retire from the police after a tragic accident during a detention: detective Tanaka is killed by the suspect, while two other detectives, Nakamura and Horiba, were severely injured.
The Japanese title translates into ‘Fireworks’, but if you look further into the basis of the Japanese character for ‘fireworks’, you will see that it is composed of two smaller words – ‘fire’ and ‘flower’. And like the linguistic basis of the title, the story and style of ‘Hana-Bi’ is the synthesis of two opposing images, one being an agent of destruction, and the other a symbol of birth and renewal.
Rating: ★★★★★ by milo
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