Blu-ray, DVD Release: Hana-Bi (Fireworks)

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 19, 2017
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $22.89
Studio: Film Movement

Writer/director/star Takeshi Kitano’s (Violent Cop, Boiling Point) highly-regarded 1997 crime drama-romance Hana-Bi (originally issued in the U.S. with the combustible title of Fireworks) receives its first-ever Blu-ray release in North America from Film Movement.

Takeshi Kitano in Hana-Bi.

Feeling responsible for the shattered lives of his loved ones, beleaguered police detective Nishi (Kitano) takes desperate measures to try and set things right in a world gone wrong. With his wife suffering from leukemia and his partner paralyzed from a brutal gangster attack, Nishi borrows money from a yakuza loan shark and then robs a bank to clear his debt.  The yakuza, however, are not so easily bought off, sending Nishi down a road paved with nihilism and violence. A lot of it…

This new restored edition of the Japanese film includes the following features:

  • Commentary by Rolling Stone Film Critic David Fear
  • “Making-of Hana-bi” featurette
  • Collector’s booklet featuring a new essay from film writer Jasper Sharp
Buy or Rent Hana-Bi

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.