Kitano is not my favourite Japanese director, but on the Hanabi disk there is a short review of his early work. Some of the clips in this review were interesting, but not all the films were available on DVD. Thus I welcomed the release of this boxed set of his first films.
This enables you to see the development of his style with the later films being vast improvements on his earlier ones. Sometimes his work appears more as a series of sketches than as a consistent whole. The improvement was continued in his later films "Hanabi" and "Kikujiro" although I am less impressed by "Zatoichi".
On one of the disks is an interesting interview with Kitano that gives some insight into his personality.
"A Scene at the Sea" is a moving film; "Getting Any" a bit disjointed, but fun; and "Kids Return" combines humour with pathos. The other three, all gangster films, I find less impressive.
Still a worthwhile product that I don't regret buying.