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Fireworks

Director/Writer:Takeshi Kitano
Director of Photography:Hideo Yamamoto
Editors:Takeshi Kitano and Yoshinori Oota
Music:Jô Hisaishi
Producers:Masayuki Mori, Yasushi Tsuge and Takio Yoshida
Bandai Visual; R; 103 minutes
Release:4/98
Cast:Takeshi Kitano, Kayoko Kishimoto, Ren Osugi, Susumu Terajima and Tetsu Watanabe

Japan's celebrated Renaissance man Takeshi Kitano has a résumé that includes comedy, writing, acting, painting and directing. All of these talents shine in his tough but tender dramatic thriller about a cop (Kitano) who gets fed up with the violence he witnesses (and perpetuates) on the force. Grief-stricken by the death of his daughter, his wife's leukemia (Kishimoto) and a police buddy (Osugi) who gets shot, he seeks both revenge on the streets and peace with his ailing wife.


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