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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars kitano fireworks.
A great introduction to the master's work, Hana-Bi is the most accessable of Kitano's films. It has love, loyalty, revenge, humour and the coolest ever bank robbery you'll ever see on film. Kitano is Nishi, a policeman with a sick wife, fallen colleagues and an unfortunate involvement with the yakuza. Nishi is so laid back to the turmoil around him, he at first seems...
Published on 19 May 2003

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3.0 out of 5 stars very highly rated- deserving of a 3.5
Hana bi is a very highly rated piece of cinema and its cinematography is very striking (if starting to look a little old being from 1997.)
The central idea and structure behind the film consists in moments of incredible serenity punctuated by acts of ludicrous violence from the protagonist- a brooding ex cop with a wife dying of a cancer in debt to the Yakuzas. The...
Published on 2 Mar 2006 by Tim Bryant


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5.0 out of 5 stars Hana-bi, 29 Aug 2011
This review is from: Hana-Bi [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
truly exceptional movie. Very Japanese and a pure Kitano classic, one of his very best. Exploits the very fabric of Japanese society, shame, corruption, yakuza. and the humor. There have been number of equally great Kitano movies since but nothing of the similar theme. Kitano is a exceptional actor as well as a director and his performance here is second to none.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fireworks All Round, 6 July 2005
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Donald Thompson "waldo357" (Belfast N Ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Hana-Bi [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
I think I read somewhere that Hana-Bi means fireworks, I could be wrong, but it sums up this movie. With the greatest hang dog expression since Robert Mitchum in his prime, Takeshi "Beat" Kitano lights up this wonderful slice of Japanese cinema. The wonderful thing about this film is that nothing seems to happen for ages, then a 10 or 20 second burst of extreme violence leaves you open mouthed and breathless. You have another length of carefully studied nothing, and then moments of out and out belly laughs. At the centre of this story is the relationship between Nishi (Kitano), his wife and his ex colleague. The character wants to do the best for everyone but finds it difficult to communicate. Yet he brings joy to lives which seem ended and gives people a reason to live, which in the end is the ultimate sadness at the core of the film. The relationship between Nishi and his wife is one of the strangest ever seen on film, but in the end, by saying little these two fine actors tell us more about the relationship between husband and wife than any pairing since Tracey and Hepburn. His interaction and love for his colleague say more about being a modern policeman than anything Hollywood has to offer outside of James Woods in his prime. The ending while sad is also joyful, the film could not end any other way. You sense this almost from the beginning. Beautifully shot, with real characters, slow dialogue, beautiful sound and that wonderful face this is a great modern classic. Now I just hope Tarantino is not a fan so he can't remake it.
All round one of the best films I have seen in a very long time.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars very highly rated- deserving of a 3.5, 2 Mar 2006
This review is from: Hana-Bi [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
Hana bi is a very highly rated piece of cinema and its cinematography is very striking (if starting to look a little old being from 1997.)
The central idea and structure behind the film consists in moments of incredible serenity punctuated by acts of ludicrous violence from the protagonist- a brooding ex cop with a wife dying of a cancer in debt to the Yakuzas. The contrast of hana (flower) and bi (fire) literally 'fireworks.' The central performance by Kitano is amazing in a James Stewart meets Harvey Keitel way. But the constant contrast of serene japanese images and the elegiac story line of his dying wife with the acts of ludicrous violence that he carries out seems a little tired now. It was probably influential and striking at the time but I had higher expectations of such a purportedly seminal work. I Prefer 'Dolls' his beautiful meditation on loss and the seasons featuring three unrelated inter cut stories with a structure owing to Japanese puppet theater. There are some really funny moments in Hanabi not surprisingly as Takeshi Kitano is a comedian. He s also the most famous man in Japan on a different variety show every night. He is no doubt an incredibly unusually talented man: gifted as actor, director and comedian. He also has a film style all of his own. His unique sense of film grammar is in evidence in Hanabi. The way he allows the camera to linger over images languidly. The drawing together of seemingly very diverse images and moods shows a supreme cineamtic confidence . But he s capable of more than he does here- the tale descends into sentimentality and can seem a bit like self parody at times. Still a powerful and daring film.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry in motion - life and death - the meaning?, 15 Mar 2000
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D. De Gruijter (Leiden) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Hana-Bi [VHS] [1998] (VHS Tape)
Undoubtedly, this is Kitano-san's best film yet. Violence and beauty go, as often in his case, hand in hand. Some people say Kitano-san idolizes violence. Those people are wrong and can only watch movies in superficiality. Kitano shows things as they are, not making it more beautiful, nor making it uglier, but it gets a real poetic touch. The climax of the movie is fantastic, (reminiscent a bit to his earlier piece Sonachin,) as is Joe Hishaishi's haunting music. Great camerawork and some of the best scenes ever seen in a film like Fuji by night, the 'suicide' beach, the glove in the snow, and the showdown with the 'money hounds'. A lot of familiar faces from earlier Kitano movies, showing that good actors can give depth to a diversity of roles. Expect a lot of humor too. At first glance unoriginal, maybe. But it is brought very sincerely, therefore having a more tragi-comic note. In all, a definite must-have. Can't wait for Kitano-san's 'Kikujiro no natsu' to hit the shops and 'Brother' to hit the movie theatres!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A melancholy filled violent masterpiece., 4 July 2010
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This review is from: Hana-Bi [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
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 the magic of Takeshi Kitano's work then 'Hana-bi' is a great place to start.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hana-bi, 8 Dec 2010
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Tony Ochmann "Mr.Bojangles" (Bristol,England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Hana-Bi [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
Bought this film on the strength of the reviews here and elsewhere. Unfortunately it did not live up to my expectations.I found it too slow and frustrating to watch.The violence was to OTT and not very hard hitting in my opinion,almost slapstick as another reviewer points out.The ending was so predictable,i could not get emotionally involved probably due to the lack of dialogue.I would have liked to have got to know the characters more but without dialogue it was impossible.It just did not strike a chord with me at all.I feel it was an opportunity missed as it could have been a great film.Hana-Bi [DVD] [1998]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hana-Bi, 9 Feb 2009
This review is from: Hana-Bi [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
For those who don't know Beat Takeshi will have probably encountered his creation on TV, Takeshi's Castle .. This is a typical Takeshi film, a little slow for some at the beginning perhaps but a brilliant genre film and well worth watching. Along with Zatoichi (well worth a mention) this is probably one of his best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Calming and beautiful, yet openly violent, 8 May 2001
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This review is from: Hana-Bi [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
It is one of those films, that take over once you start watching. It is a modern eye-opening love-story. This film is not about violence or power, it is about... well, you better watch it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond nihilism, 3 Mar 2000
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This review is from: Hana-Bi [VHS] [1998] (VHS Tape)
I think HANA BI belongs to the top list movies of the 90. It is a masterpiece. Kitano blenders flowers and bullets, ocean and blood, hope and dispear in a single narrative of forgivness and stillness. A samurai whose final battle is to poetize his life.
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