Director: Takeshi Kitano Run Time: 103 min. Release Year: 1997 Language: Japanese
Starring: Kayoko Kishimoto, Ren Osugi, Susumu Terajima, Takeshi Kitano, Tetsu Watanabe
Feeling responsible for the shattered lives of his loved ones, beleaguered police detective Nishi (Takeshi Kitano) takes desperate measures to try and set things right in a world gone wrong. With his wife suffering from leukemia and his partner paralyzed from a brutal gangster attack, Nishi borrows money from a yakuza loan shark and then robs a bank to clear his debt. The yakuza, however, are not so easily bought off, sending Nishi down a road paved with nihilism and violence. Considered Kitano’s first true cinematic masterpiece, HANA-BI demonstrates the auteur’s immense talents both in front of and behind the camera.