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Film / Hana Bi

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Hana-Bi (original title 花火, released in the US as Fireworks) is a Japanese film directed by Takeshi Kitano and released in 1997.

Nishi, a police detective with a violent temper, has quit his job after an incident that left his partner permanently wheelchair-bound. Upon learning that his wife has leukemia, he decides to help her spend what time she has left enjoying the simple pleasures of life.

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  • Bank Robbery: Nishi pulls it off on his own, without firing a shot nor saying a word. In full police uniform, no less.
  • Cool Shades: Nishi wears them all the time.
  • Eye Scream: Nishi does this to one of the Yakuza thugs that has come to collect the interest he owes them. With a pair of chopsticks. Both in the same eye.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Instead of showing the violent scenes themselves, the film abruptly cuts to the immediate aftermath.
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  • Ill Girl: Or rather ill woman — Nishi's wife.
  • Literal Ass-Kicking
  • Refuge in Audacity: Asked why he wants to buy police sirens and a taxicab to repaint into a police car, Nishi replies: "I'm going to rob a bank." The salesman laughs it off. And then Nishi robs a bank. In full police uniform. It's so audacious the tellers hand the money over without a fight.
  • Smash Cut: In the opening act. Nishi lighting a cigarette cuts immediately to Horibe getting shot.
  • Twitchy Eye: Nishi's outbursts of violence are foreshadowed by his telltale eye twitch.
  • The Voiceless: Nishi hardly ever speaks. He prefers to stare wordlessly and intimidate his interlocutors. And if intimidation doesn't work, that's where violence comes in.
  • Yakuza


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