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Double Your Patriotism with Fireworks x 2 – Kitano in 35mm, Anger in 16mm, You at NEIU on Feb. 13

The Auditorium at Northeastern Illinois University – Building E, 3701  W. Bryn Mawr Ave
General Admission: $7 • NEIU Students: $3

Wednesday, February 13 @ 7:30 PM
Directed by Takeshi Kitano • 1997
A stand-up comedian, television host, video game designer, and internationally acclaimed actor-director, Takeshi Kitano (responsible for CFS favorite A Scene at the Sea) added painter to his long list of hyphenates in 1994 while rehabilitating after a motor scooter accident temporarily sidelined his multitudinous careers and left half of his face paralyzed. A de facto first exhibition for his colorful, kitschy canvases (which adorn nearly every scene), the eccentric crime thriller Hana-Bi was also the film that solidified Beat Takeshi’s reputation as an international arthouse favorite, winning the top prize at the Venice Film Festival and bringing him the strongest critical notices of his career. Takeshi stars as one of his trademark taciturn tough guys, an unstable ex-cop forever addled after his participation in a violent arrest gone wrong. While his former partners on the force try to get on with their lives to varying degrees of success (one takes up painting in an unspeakably moving bit of autobiography), Takeshi struggles with caring for his dying wife and finds himself in debt to the local yakuza. A jarring, achronological mixture of deadpan comedy, blunt violence, and bald-faced, unabashed sentiment, Hana-bi remains Kitano’s most popular and perhaps representative film to date, as opaque, tender, and volatile as Takeshi himself. (CW)
103 min • Office Kitano • 35mm from Chicago Film Society Collections, permission Film Movement
Short: “Fireworks” (Kenneth Anger, 1947) – 15 min – 16mm from Canyon Cinema

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