Saturday Matinee: Walter Chaw Talks Hana-bi, 1997

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“It has been said that Western art is the art of putting in, and Eastern art is the art of leaving out. The new Japanese film Hana-bi is like a Charles Bronson "Death Wish" movie -- so drained of story, cliche, convention and plot that nothing is left, except pure form and impulse. Not a frame, not a word, is excess. Takeshi Kitano, who wrote, directed and edited the film, also stars as Nishi, a man whose only two emotional states are agony and ecstasy.” -- Roger Ebert. Join film critic Walter Chaw as he explores this modern masterpiece. Hana-bi is free to watch on the streaming service Kanopy which you can subscribe to using your library card. Not a Kanopy member yet? Grab your library card and get started here.

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