Blu-ray Review: Hana-Bi

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★★★★☆ Perhaps best known in the UK for his game show Takeshi's Castle, actor-director 'Beat' Takeshi Kitano is as enigmatic and multi-talented an artist as he is a prolific filmmaker. In the first of three Blu-ray releases this year, Third Window films brings us Kitano's Hana-Bi (1997), a beautiful and unsettling study of violence and mortality, told through the eyes of ex-cop Nishi (Kitano). Nishi leaves the police force after his partner Horibe (Ren Ôsugi) is left paralysed in a shooting and spends his time caring for his wife while intermittently fending off Yakuza mobsters to whom he is indebted to the tune of millions of yen.
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