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Fireworks (1997)

Coming Out at 30 October 1997 in theaters.

“Hana-bi”

Crime, Drama, Romance

Fireworks is drama crime film directed and written by Takeshi Kitano. The film stars Takeshi Kitano, Kayoko Kishimoto, Ren Ôsugi, Susumu Terajima, Tetsu Watanabe, Hakuryû and Yasuei Yakushiji. The film primiered at 3 September 1997 on Venice Film Festival.

Nishi (Beat Takeshi) is a beleaguered Japanese police officer. His wife, Miyuki (Kayoko Kishimoto), is suffering from leukemia, and his partner, Horibe (Ren Ôsugi), is paralyzed after gangsters violently attacked him. Nishi is fed up, and wants to give up his job in order to be with Miyuki. To do so, he is forced to borrow money from the Yakuza, and then, to clear his debt, he robs a bank. The Yakuza, however, are not pleased so easily, and they continue to hound Nishi for more money.

Director: Takeshi Kitano

Writer: Takeshi Kitano

Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Kayoko Kishimoto, Ren Ôsugi, Susumu Terajima, Tetsu Watanabe, Hakuryû, Yasuei Yakushiji

►Cast

Takeshi KitanoYoshitaka Nishi
Kayoko KishimotoNishi’s wife
Ren ÔsugiHoribe
Susumu TerajimaNakamura
Tetsu WatanabeThe Scrap Yard Owner
HakuryûThe Yakuza Hitman
Yasuei YakushijiCriminal
Tarô ItsumiKudo
Ken’ichi YajimaDoctor
Makoto AshikawaTanaka
Yûko DaikeTanaka’s widow
Tsumami EdamameBusinessman Throwing Rocks
Yûrei YanagiChef #1
Sujitarô TamabukuroChef #2
Tokio SekiOld Hick
Motoharu TamuraChief Detective
Hitoshi NishizawaYakuza Head
Hiromi Kikai
Shoko KitanoGirl Who Flies Kite
Yoshiyuki MorishitaHoodlum B
Jun’ichirô Asano
Kazuhiro Osada
Manzô ShinraMan shot in face
Tetsu Sakuma
Riba Matsumi
Miki Fujitani
Keiko YamamotoNurse A
Kiyoko KitazawaNurse B
Ai KishinaA girl in the scrap shop
Banri Nakamura
Takao Bokuji
Masahiro Naya
Takayuki KonishiDetective B
Yûzô Yada
Kanji Tsuda
Yôichi Nagai
Kôsuke Ôta
Muhômatsu
Omiya no Matsu
Shiyô Kosuga
Gambino Kobayashi
Al Kitago

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