The exquisite Blu-ray transfer makes an argument for the film’s remarkable production design and audio/visual construction.
Its headiness exists beyond its more pseudo-philosophical dialogue about the differences between fantasy and reality.
If Kitano does go forward with the rumored third volume, hopefully he’ll conceive of some fresh angle on this increasingly dry material.
Kinji Fukasaku’s Battle Royale has a premise that promises a naughty, maybe even subversive, smashing of taboos.
An exhaustive double-disc that suggests the unique circumstances of a production can make for a more compelling tale than the resulting film.
Fireworks announces not only a new kind of cop movie, but a template for a new kind of Takeshi Kitano film.