By Mike D'Angelo
Updated January 15, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST
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Fireworks

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  • Movie

The Japanese character for fireworks combines the symbols for flower and fire, and the juxtaposition of beauty and violence is what Fireworks is all about — to a fault, unfortunately. The story involves a retired cop who turns to crime in order to finance gifts for his disabled former partner, the widow of a dead colleague, and his dying wife; once director Takeshi Kitano (Sonatine) establishes his mood of brutal lyricism, however, the picture goes nowhere in particular, albeit in high style. Casting himself in the lead role (under the name Beat Takeshi) was also inadvisable, as Kitano the actor is as inexpressive as Kitano the director is eloquent. Still, the whole effort is too assured and lovely to ignore. B

Fireworks

type
  • Movie
mpaa
director
  • Takeshi Kitano

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