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Specially priced box set of legendary Japanese director/actor and two-time Palme d'Or nominee, Takeshi Kitano's early work. Includes acclaimed releases of Violent Cop, Boiling Point and Hana-bi (Fireworks).
The box set includes 3 individual Blu Ray packages featuring Collector's Edition art by Benjamin Marra, the influential comic creator, commissioned exclusively for the Blu Ray/DVD re-release of Violent Copand Boiling Point, as well as a slew of bonus features on each disc.
Bonus Features include: Violent Cop 20-minute featurette, That Man Is Dangerous: The Birth of Takeshi Kitano; original Violent Cop trailer; new Violent Cop HD re-release trailer; Boiling Point 20-minute featurette, Okinawa Days: Takeshi's Second Debut; Original Boiling Point trailer; Hana-Bi Commentary by film writer for Rolling Stone magazine, David Fear; Hana-Bi Making-of featurette.
Package includes: Violent Cop and Boiling Point Collector's Booklet, featuring film essay by Tom Vick, the Asian film Curator for the Freer and Sackler Galleries (The Smithsonian's Museums of Asian Art); cast and crew credits; Hana-Bi Collector's Booklet, featuring essay by film writer, Jasper Sharp; chapter breaks; stills.
In his explosive directorial debut Japanese renaissance man-cum-comedian-extraordinaire Takeshi Beat Kitano plays vicious rogue homicide Detective Azuma who takes on a sadistic crime syndicate only to discover widespread internal corruption in the police force. Facing criminal charges for his unorthodox Dirty Harry type methods, Azuma finds himself caught in a web of betrayal and intrigue that sends him on a bloody trail of vengeance. But when his sister is kidnapped by a sadistic drug lord, Azuma's tactics escalate towards an apocalyptic climax.
Boiling Point: Ono Masahiko is an unlucky gas station attendant who belongs to a losing junior baseball team. When the local yakuza threaten and capture his coach, he and a friend get more than they bargained for when they travel to Okinawa seeking revenge. This is the second feature film from renowned action auteur Takeshi Beat Kitano.
Hana-Bi (Fireworks): Former police officer Nishi feels responsible for the shattered lives of his loved ones. His partner Horibe has been crippled in a disastrous stakeout, a colleague is shot dead by the same villain, and his own wife has a terminal illness. In debt to a yakuza loanshark, Nishi conceives a bank robbery to provide for his partner, help the dead cop's widow, and take one last holiday throughout Japan with his wife and share a final taste of happiness. A highly original crime drama written, directed and starring Takeshi Kitano.