Fireworks 1997 ★★★★★

One of the most beautiful movies I've ever seen. Kitano is brilliant in front of and behind the camera. Joe Hisaishi's lyrical score is moving. The story of a violent, tormented man in search redemption is presented in a unique way.

With its small, unsuspected touches of humour and its delicate representation of love and damaged relationships, I was enthralled from start to finish. The ending hits hard and will stay with you.

Flashes of violence mix up well with the overall gentle tone.

Superb cinema.


  • I would't say he was in search of redemption. In my opinion, he only wanted to be with his wife the last few moments of her life (Ha! That rhymed) and got rid of everyone who interfered with that...

  • Yes, but in truly being with his wife didn't he need that redemption so that he could clean the slate so to speak? He had taken lives and here his wife was losing hers. I don't want to talk about the ending but the choices he made throughout his life ended up being similar, whether for good or bad.

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