Distributed by Japan Nippon Herald Films
Japan Office Kitano
Italy September 3, 1997 (premiere at VFF)
France November 5, 1997
Japan January 24,1998
Belgium March 11, 1998
the United States 20 March 1998
Canada April 3, 1998
the United Kingdom 24 July, 1998
Running time 103 mins.
Der Film Z?hlt f?r mich in die reihe Kranke Japanische Streifen. ?hnlich wie Suicide-Circle und Strange Circus ist dieser Film verst?rend und Surealistisch. Nishi der Hauptdarsteller wirkt den ganzen Film ?ber sehr depressiv und macht sogar Yakuza anh?nger einfach platt, so rammt er einem zB Ess-St?bchen ins Auge und Tritt seinem Partner einfach den Kehlkopf ein und der zuschauer muss mit ansehen wie der getretene einfach erstickt. Macht euch auf ein echt Verst?rendes Abenteuer gefasst, dieser Film zeigt eine grau?amkeit wie sie nur selten gezeigt wird.
HANA-BI Fireworks is a 1997 Japanese film starring, written, directed and edited by Japanese filmmaker Takeshi Kitano. The film's score was composed by renowned Japanese composer, Joe Hisaishi. This would be their fourth collaboration. HANA-BI was released under the English title Fireworks in the United States, but with its original Japanese title in other English-speaking countries. The title is romanized with a hyphen as Kitano wanted to emphasize the duality of "flower" (?: hana) and "fire" (?: bi), the literal meanings of the characters that make up fireworks in Japanese.
The unexpected international success of HANA-BI, coupled with Sonatine's critical acclaim, established Kitano as a foremost Japanese filmmaker of his time.
Kitano's daughter and former singer Shoko Kitano also made a cameo, playing a nameless girl flying a kite in the film's closing scenes.
Kitano plays Nishi, a violent and unpredictable ex-police detective who quits the force after a terrible incident that results in his partner, Horibe (Ren Osugi), being confined to a wheelchair. After his retirement he spends much of his time looking after his wife Miyuki (Kayoko Kishimoto), who has leukemia. The film moves at a deliberate pace and devotes much time to exploring their relationship. Nishi has also borrowed money from the Yakuza to pay for his wife's needs, and is having difficulty repaying them. Meanwhile, Horibe takes up painting and creates works of art that are surrealistic and beautiful.