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Hana Bi

Year: 1997
Director: Takeshi Kitano
Writer: Takeshi Kitano
Cast: Takeshi Kitano
There's probably a very good reason why Beat Takahashi's movies weren't released in Australia up until Brother and Zatoichi ; they have a very specialised appeal in his native Japan, and it wasn't until the pacing matched that we're used to in the western world that audiences here would appreciate it.

After an hour (when I turned it off), it was a staggeringly boring story about a former cop gunning for vengeance while tending his dying wife and his former partner, now disabled, who now paints animals. The promised ultraviolence manifested in a few split-second scenes that were gone as quick as they appeared.

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