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    Unique ID Code: 0000014209
    Added by: DVD Reviewer
    Added on: 17/2/2001 22:05
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    Hana Bi (UK)

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    A film by Takeshi Kitano
    Certificate: 18
    Running Time: 103 mins
    Retail Price: £19.99
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    Critically acclaimed `Hana-bi` (winning at The Venice Film Festival, 1987) is a tale of guilt, death and loyalty in Japan`s crime world.

    Directed and starring the acclaimed Takeshi Kitamo, `Hana-bi` shows his true talent in film-making and performing and received stunning reviews.

    Special Features:
    Interactive Menus
    Scene Access

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0 Japanese

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    Directed By:
    Takeshi Kitano

    Written By:

    Yasuei Yakushiji
    Tetsu Watanabe
    Susumu Terajima
    Ren Osugi
    Kayoko Kishimoto
    Takeshi Kitano

    Soundtrack By:
    Jô Hisaishi

    Director of Photography:
    Hideo Yamamoto

    Yoshinori Oota
    Takeshi Kitano

    Costume Designer:
    Masami Saito

    Takio Yoshida
    Yoshito Yamazaki
    Shigeru Watanabe
    Yasushi Tsuge
    Hideto Osawa
    Masayuki Mori
    Kouichi Miyagawa
    Hiroshi Ishikawa
    Kazuhiro Furukawa

    Momentum Pictures

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    7 / 10
    After discovering Brother, I purchased Hana Bi.

    Hana Bi for me, is Kitano`s best film that I have currently seen (I haven`t yet seen Violent Cop, Boiling Point or Sonatine). Kitano once again pulls a great performance as the silent, thoughtful ex-policeman who is prone to snap into violent acts if provoked. Not only is the film violent but, it has more sensitivity to the honour between the policemen, the Kitano character`s guilt and his unexpressed love for his wife.

    The picture is a little soft, but it manages to maintain the great look to the film which is punctuated with colourful paintings done by the director. Although not the best, the quality of the picture was still much better than what I was expecting. The audio once again, does the job of handling the long drawn out silences and the musical score.

    A fantastic film, given a OK treatment, but as far as I am concerned it still ain`t bad.
    posted by wazza on 23/1/2002 17:15