Reigniting Japanese Tradition with "Hana-Bi"

Darrell William DAVIS

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)peer-review


This article interrogates Kitano "Beat" Takeshi's "Hana-Bi" ("Fireworks", 1997) for its appropriation of traditional Japanese iconography and its insertion into a global marketplace for Asian auteur-gangster films.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-80
Number of pages26
JournalCinema Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Japanese culture
  • Globalization
  • Film festivals
  • Movies
  • Film criticism
  • Stereotypes
  • Orientalism
  • National identity


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