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This review is from: Hana-Bi [VHS]  (VHS Tape)
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 detatched from the action. It appears strange to our Westernized film cultured brains to see a film where the main protagonist hardly utters a syllable in the first half of the movie, but here it happens, and it works very well. I won't give the story away,suffice to say it's one of my favourite films.