Hana-Bi (english translation: Fireworks) has always been, in my eyes, one of the greatest films ever made. It tells the story of Nishi (played by "Beat" Takeshi Kitano, who also wrote and directed), an ex cop whose daughter has recently passed away, and whose wife is terminally ill. Owing money to the local yakuza, Nishi decides to retreat from the world with his wife alongside him. Beautiful and poetic, yet punctuated with shocking bursts of violence, Hana-Bi will hopefully one day go down in history as one of the greats of not just Japanese cinema, but cinema in general.
The song I used to make this tribute video is "Trouble Everyday" by the Tindersticks. It is from a Claire Denis film of the same title (which much like Hana-Bi is calm and meditative yet contains scenes of grisly violence). I have always thought the song and Kitano's sparse images naturally fit, so I decided to make this video.
The last image is of Nishi's wife saying: Arigotto (Thank you), which moves Nishi to tears.
"In Kitano's bipolar universe, you are happy when the world leaves you alone, and when it doesn't, you strike back."
-Excerpt from Roger Ebert's review of "Hana-Bi".
Note* I own none of this, I just made it just to make it.
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