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Takeshi Kitano, Kayoko Kishimoto, Ren Osugi, Susumu Terajima View All


Takeshi Kitano (Director), Takeshi Kitano (Writer) View All

Release: Nov. 5th, 1997
Runtime: 1 hour, 43 minutes
Detective Nishi is relieved from a stakeout to visit his sick wife in hospital. He is informed that she is terminally ill, and is advised to take her home. During his visit, a suspect shoots one detective dead and leaves Nishi's partner, Horibe, paralyzed. Nishi leaves the police force to spend time with his wife at home, and must find a way to pay off his debts to the yakuza.
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Horibe often paints in a pointillist style, and in the film we see Nishi's wife watching fireworks.
While I don't think it's likely to up-end Sonatine as my favourite Kitano film any time soon, Fireworks is easily the purest distillation of everything that defines Kitano as a filmmaker while also managing to be a strong film in its own right.
In my view this is a film which very much proves less can quite easily result in more when done well, as evidenced at times by the paucity of dialogue.