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Beat Takeshi delivers a film like no other.,
This review is from: Hana-Bi [DVD]  (DVD)
I have been a fan of oriental films now for many years, from Manga, to Made In Hong Kong, to Japan and Korea. In these years I have seen many a film which I considered to be amongst the very best of all time. Then I saw Hana-Bi.
Winner at the Venice Film Festival in 1997, Hana-Bi, 'Fireworks', is a story of emotions and feelings done the only way Kitano 'Beat' Takeshi knows how.
He never loses his control on the audience managing to keep your attention right up to the closing finale. It's full of romance, guilt, sadness, loneliness and passion with a haunting and unique score by Joe Hisaishi, a brilliant composer who can direct an orchestra just as aptly as Kitano can a film crew.
This film will leave you breathless and reaching for the replay button the moment the credits start to roll.
My wife watched the whole film with me, a rarity I can tell you, and she usually does not like these films, but even she had to admit how good it was. It is a fantastic story well acted and superbly directed. I masterpiece of Japanese cinema any fan, or non fan, should place pride of thier collection.