Synopsis: Nishi is a cop whose wife is slowly dying of leukemia. One of his partners gets shot on the job, which results in him being confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life and becoming suicidal. Nishi, feeling guilty of his partner's accident, tries to help him in any way he can. At the same time, Nishi leaves the police to spend more time with his dying wife. However, in order to do the right things for those he loves, Nishi must do something wrong, which has tragic consequences.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Takeshi Kitano
  22 wins & 19 nominations.
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103 min

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Det. Horibe, were you and Nishi

classmates in junior high?

In senior high, too.

And your wives are friends, too?

That's right.

Do you remember, Nishi?

At the amusement park.

We picked them up, didn't we?

Nishi got the pretty one

and I got the dog.

What are you laughing at?

Hey, stop the car.

Go get some bean cakes.

Yes, sir.

How is your wife?

It's been two years, hasn't it?

My wife is healthy as hell,

but it must be tough for you.

Been to the hospital lately?

The stakeout's near the hospital.

Go see her.

Go on.

We don't have much to do today.

- How much?

- 1,200 yen.

- For bean cakes?

- Yes, just the bean cakes.

Idiot! There's too much

for the 3 of us! You pay for it.


These are the wrong ones.

- Were there any chestnut ones?

- Steamed?

Not the hot spring kind!

It's straight to the amusement park

with no sleep for me tomorrow.

I spoil my daughter.

Smart place to park!

I can't even get out!

I'll go check.

Don't play ball here, you idiots!



No way he'd come here.

He won't come back to his apartment

after that massacre.

What's the chief thinking of?

I know.

Is that how you dress

for a stakeout?

You're not on a date.

Nishi's going to the hospital.

Can you stay on?

Well, I have a date...

Screw you!

How is Nishi's wife?

Not too good, I hear.

Is it cancer?

Watch what you say.

First their daughter died...

She was only 4 or 5, wasn't she?

That was a bigger shock

than her illness.

I visited his wife a while back.

She didn't say a word.

I'm glad my wife is so healthy.

Must be hard on Nishi.

Daughter dies, wife gets sick,

and he's a damn cop.

So busy he can't even visit her.

I'll stay on.

Not you, Tanaka.

You're a family man.

Come on, stay on for 3 hours.

No, I can't.

OK, I'll stay. You can go.

Can I get a lift?

How's your wife?

I'll go visit her some time.

Hello. It's me.

I'm not coming home tonight.

I know that.

What can I do? It's myjob.

Let me talk to Michi.

Michi, it's daddy.

I'm at work.

The amusement park? Another time.

What? You drew a picture?

Where did you draw it?

You shouldn't do that.

Yes, it's very pretty.

- Drive me to Shibuya.

- I can't.

My date's waiting for me there.

No. I have to wait for him.

I'll go by cab then.

Is Nishi's wife really dying?

Dammit! Don't say that.

It's bad luck.

- Leukemia, right?

- Why don't you shut up?

Excuse me.

The doctor wants to speak to you.

Modern medicine

can't work miracles.

We've done all we can.

I think it would be better

to take her home.

The child's death was a real blow.

She'll be better off at home

than in the hospital.

Excuse me. Could you call Mr Nishi?

Just a moment.

Mr Nishi, someone to see you.

Det. Horibe's been shot.

Even when they're married,

people just think about themselves.

When I came home,

my wife and child

couldn't even look at me.

The light wasn't even on.

Theyjust said goodbye.

Now that I'm a wreck

they leave me just like that.

Actually, it may be better this way.

But I've got nothing to do.

My mom says I should

take up a hobby or something.


She wanted me to join

a poetry group.

Give me a break.

Work is all I've ever known.

Since I live by the seaside,

maybe I should try painting.

But I've never painted anything.

I wouldn't know where to start.

And the materials don't come cheap.

Don't get me wrong.

It's not your fault.

Maybe I'll buy a beret.

Don't worry.

You're very kind.

After all, my husband

died in the line of duty.

Because of the recession,

good jobs are hard to come by,

but I'm helping out at a deli.

The hardest part is...

when my son tells me

he misses his dad.

It's so sad...

But I'm sure he'll understand soon.

We'll be OK.

I have to get back to work.

I've decided...

to get married.

Who to?

I really wasn't serious about her,

but when I was injured,

she visited me every day.

I was touched by that.

Can you answer that?

Excuse me.

Kudo speaking.

The other day,

I went to see Mr Horibe.

He seemed so lonely.

They were

such a close-knit family...

but his wife and child left him.

You know,

you really shouldn't feel guilty...

Tanaka's death

isn't your fault either.

He died in the line of duty.

It's nobody's fault.

This way, please.

Shut up!

- Yes, sir?

- Shut up!

Hey, Nishi.

The boss is mad. You haven't paid

the interest this month.

You better pay up!

You know what we yakuza are like!

After all, you were a cop.

Without the badge,

he's just an ordinary guy.

He's less than that - he's a bum.

How's your wife?

Here are her usual pills.

But I don't think

they'll do her much good.

Don't think about it too much.

When you're with her,

talk to her as much as possible.

You could even take her on a trip.

If anything happens, call me.

Here's a shirt for you.

It might be too big for you,

but you can have it.

Please try to be more careful.


It's Horibe...

He attempted suicide.

Luckily his landlord found him.

I think he'll make it,

but he took

a lot of sleeping pills.

Are his wife and daughter there?

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Takeshi Kitano

Takeshi Kitano (北野 武, Kitano Takeshi, born 18 January 1947) is a Japanese comedian, television personality, director, actor, author, and screenwriter. While he is known primarily as a comedian and TV host in his native Japan, abroad he is known almost entirely for his filmwork. With the exception of his works as a film director, he is known almost exclusively by the stage name Beat Takeshi (ビートたけし, Bīto Takeshi). Kitano rose to prominence in the 1970s as one half of the comedy duo Two Beat, before going solo and becoming one of the three biggest comedians in the country. After several small acting roles, he made his directorial debut with 1989's Violent Cop and garnered international acclaim for Sonatine (1993). But he was not accepted as a director in Japan until Hana-bi won the Golden Lion in 1997. In October 2017, Kitano's completed his Outrage crime trilogy with the release of Outrage Coda.He has received critical acclaim for his idiosyncratic cinematic work, winning numerous awards with Japanese film critic Nagaharu Yodogawa having once dubbed him "the true successor" to influential filmmaker Akira Kurosawa. Many of Kitano's films are dramas about yakuza gangsters or the police. Described by critics as using an acting style that is highly deadpan or a camera style that approaches near-stasis, Kitano often uses long takes where little appears to be happening, or editing that cuts immediately to the aftermath of an event. Many of his films express a bleak worldview, but are also filled with humor and affection for their characters. more…

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