A masterpice of a film directed by, and starring "Beat" Takeshi Kitano.

An ex-cop who owes the Yakuza a wedge robs a bank so he can pay to take his dying wife on a trip round the Japanese country side, and to buy painting gear for his wheelchair-bound former partner. Unfortunately, the Yakuza get hear of this, and decide to track him down.

Tragic, but very beautiful. The film has long periods of serenity, punctuated by short sharp outbursts of violence.

I found the film pretty shocking actually, but an American guy I was with said it wasn't violent enough. ;) Oh, and a Yakuza gets a chopstick in his eye.