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A film like Hana Bi perfectly embodies the phrase "less is more". Kitano doesn't waste any time in pointless exposition, dialogues and what not. He goes straight to the core of things, going from a violent scene to a tender moment to a funny part in a way that many so called directors could only dream about pulling out.
One of the most important films of past years, instant classic and mandatory view for any so-called "cinema fan".