A melancholy and violent masterpiece.
- Fireworks review by CP Customer
Written, directed, and starring Takeshi Kitano, 'Hana-bi' is a complex and powerful film revolving around the life of Nishi, a quiet but violent Tokyo cop plagued with bad luck. With his four year old daughter dead, his wife is terminally ill with leukaemia and his best friend paralysed after a shooting; he decides life's too short and quits the force to take his dying wife around Japan hoping he can make her final days the best he can. However, this act of spontaneity leads Nishi to make a series of bad choices, one of which involves borrowing money from the local Yakuza, and every attempt Nishi makes to resolve the problems in his life only drives him deeper into desperation and desperate acts. Overall 'Hana-bi' is a film full of emotion, on one hand the film shows Nishi as a tough, unforgiving and incredibly violent man, while at other times he is a man full of sorrow and sympathy for those close to him, and yet also a man who finds it hard to grieve, who only now realises after spending too much time at work and not enough at home how much he loves his wife. The direction, soundtrack and quality of acting is superb and if you've never experienced Takeshi Kitano's work then 'Hana-bi' is a great place to start.
4 out of 5 members found this review helpful.
- Fireworks review by JD
The style of direction did not appeal to me. There are long scenes of quiet, unemotional ordinariness punctuated with extreme violence. The characters are cold and remote. I was not captured, as a previous reviewer, by any strong emotions. The main character is unlucky but any sense of compassion is lost by the constant use of flashbacks and forwards.
0 out of 1 members found this review helpful.
- Fireworks review by RB
The film is in Japanese. Three characters will have a conversation for a minute and the subtitle will say something like "yes yesterday" What ! How am I suppose to follow that?
Whether this film is good or bad I could not say because the lack of proper subtitles render watching it a pointless exercise. I felt really annoyed that I had to turn it off after 15 mins .
Sort the subtitles out.
0 out of 4 members found this review helpful.