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Hana-Bi 18 rating

In one of Takeshi Kitano's most acclaimed films, he plays a detective who turns to crime while caring for his terminally ill wife.

Drama 1997 103 mins

Director: Takeshi Kitano


Monosyllabic detective Nishi (Kitano) leaves the force after his partner Horibe is seriously wounded and two colleagues are killed in pursuit of a gunman. Dedicating his life to caring for his terminally ill wife, as well as providing for the wheelchair-bound Horibe, Nishi accrues crippling debts. After robbing a bank to ease his financial worries, Nishi takes his wife on a final holiday, pursued by loan sharks and the police.

Award the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, Hana-Bi (Fireworks) was the film that finally resulted in Kitano's recognition back home; the first of his films to receive a host of nominations at the Japanese Academy Awards.