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HANA-BI
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July 18, 2003
First Published: 02:20 IST(17/7/2003)
Last Updated: 16:21 IST(18/7/2003)

HANA-BI
Japan 1998
Director: Takeshi Kitano

Detective Nishi visits his hospitalized wife only to learn that she is a terminal case. This shock is compounded when he learns that his partner, Horibe, has been shot at a stakeout.

Nishi hunts down the gunman, but mistakenly shoots a friend and colleague, Tanaka. Borne down by guilt, he quits the force, then borrows money from a yakuza loan shark to support his ill wife and help Tanaka’s widow.

He pulls off a bank heist, and is on the run from the yakuza with his sinking wife. In the ensuing manhunt, many gangsters are killed. He is tracked down. He expresses his last wish that he be allowed to spend what little time is left with his beloved wife.

Screenplay:
Takeshi Kitano

Cinematography:

Hideo Yamamoto

Editing:

Takeshi Kitano, Yoshinori Ota

Music:

Jo Hisaishi

Principal cast:

Beat Takeshi Kitano, Kayoko Kishimoto, Ren Osugi, Susumu Terashima

Production:
Bandai Visual / 35mm / colour / 103 mins.

Director's bio-note:
Born in Tokyo in 1947, Takeshi Kitano became involved in theatre in the early 1970s and, under the pseudonym of Beat Takeshi, became one of Japan’s most renowned comedians.

He became famous in the West for his role in Nagisa Oshima’s Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983). He made his directorial debut in 1989 with Violent Cop. His films include Sonatine  (1993), Kids Return (1996), Hana-Bi (1997), Kikujiro  (1999) and Brother (2000), the first film he shot outside Japan.

Kitano's Kikujiro is also being screened at the Cinefan 2003. 


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