Strap in for Takeshi Kitano’s explosive cinematic masterpiece, HANA-BI, on Blu-ray for the very first time Sept .19

Feeling responsible for the shattered lives of his loved ones, beleaguered police detective Nishi (Takeshi Kitano, Ghost in the Shell, Brother, Violent Cop, Boiling Point) 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. Considered Kitano’s first true cinematic masterpiece, HANA-BI demonstrates the auteur’s immense talents both in front of and behind the camera.

Available for the first time on Blu-ray in North America, this new digital HD restoration from Film Movement Classics offers cinema buffs a singular viewing experience of the film that Entertainment Weekly calls a “rich and visually beautiful work that, for all its stylized violence, manages to convey stillness, sweetness, and affecting emotional depth.”

  • 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
  • Takeshi Kitano (as Yoshitaka Nishi)
  • Ren Osugi (as Horibe)
  • Kayoko Kishimoto (Nishi’s wife)
  • Susumu Terajima (as Nakamura)
  • Tetsu Watanabe (as Junkyard Owner) 
  • Awards of the Japanese Academy (1999) – Best Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director, Best Music Score
  • Blue Ribbon Awards (1999) – Best Film, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director
  • Camerimage (1998) – Silver Frog (Hideo Yamamoto)
  • European Film Awards (1997) – Screen International Award
  • Film Critics Circle of Australia (1997) – Best Foreign Language Film
  • French Syndicate of Cinema Critics (1998) Best Foreign Film
  • Grand Prix de I’UCC (1999)
  • Hochi Film Award (1998) – Best Film, Best Supporting Actor
  • Kinema Junpo Awards (1999) – Best Film, Reader’s Choice Award/Best Film
  • Mainichi Film Concours (1999) – Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography
  • Nikkan Sports Film Award – Ishihara Yujiro Award, Best Supporting Actor
  • Russian Guild of Film Critics (1999) – Best Foreign Actor
  • São Paulo International Film Festival (1997) – Critics’ Award
  • Venice Film Festival (1997) – Golden Lion for Best Film
  • Yokohama Film Festival (1999) – Best Supporting Actor 

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