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Heaven's Burning (1997)

After a botched bank job, a gang takes hostage a Japanese girl on the run from an arranged marriage, and escapes. Their wheel man saves the girl from them and the two go on the run with cops, the gang and her psycho husband on their tail.

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Craig Lahiff

Writer:

Louis Nowra
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Russell Crowe ... Colin
Yûki Kudô ... Midori
Kenji Isomura Kenji Isomura ... Yukio
Ray Barrett ... Cam
Robert Mammone ... Mahood
Petru Gheorghiu Petru Gheorghiu ... Boorjan
Anthony Phelan ... Bishop
Matthew Dyktynski Matthew Dyktynski ... Moffat
Colin Hay ... Jonah
Susan Prior ... Sharon
Norman Kaye ... Store Owner
Kate Fitzpatrick ... Gloria
Kuni Hashimoto Kuni Hashimoto ... Oshima
Salvatore Coco ... Gullbuddin
Christopher Duncan Christopher Duncan ... Confused Man (as Christopher Duncan)
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Storyline

"Heaven's Burning" tells the story of a man and a woman who are inexplicably thrown together, amid violence and chaos. They quickly find themselves on the run from many adversaries, but find time to fall in love along the way. Written by Dave Nusair <dnusair@chat.carleton.ca>

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Freedom Comes At A Price See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

3 April 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Céu em Chamas See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Duo Art Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Arguably, the most enigmatic character in the movie is Yukio, the abandoned husband of Midori (Youki Kudoh), played by celebrated Japanese actor Kenji Isomura. To say that Yukio undergoes a radical transformation is an understatement. From a successful businessman enjoying a honeymoon with his beautiful young bride, he suddenly finds himself an object of ridicule, a woeful state for a proud man. Overwhelmed by his loss, Yukio decides to pursue Midori and seek revenge, calmly dispatching anyone who gets in his way. In any relationship an equilibrium needs to be maintained. Within Yukio and Midori's marriage there is none, and that, essentially, is their tragedy. Producer Helen Leake explained: "Yukio did not marry Midori for love, but as part of the social edifice he is constructing for himself. His world collapses when she leaves him and he has lost everything". See more »

Goofs

During the initial bank robbery scene, there is a distinct lack of pedestrians on the streets for scene supposedly shot during bank opening hours. See more »


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The In Crowd
Written by Billy Page
Performed by Bryan Ferry
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Cruel romance
16 April 2001 | by hmsgroopSee all my reviews

When I was reading other users' comments it occurred to me that the film is a "cruel romance". What Nick Cave did with his "Murder Ballads", but on the screen. I believe, the film has something in common with "Night Cowboy", "Knocking on Heaven's Door", but it has neither the raw prose of life of the former, nor the sentimental appeal of the latter. It's meant to be viewed with a touch of irony, a touch of "stepping aside". It's intentionally overdone here and there, but it doesn't spoil the story, it's the mark of the genre. Personally I welcomed this Australian variety of "cruel romance", it's a rest from sickeningly earnest Hollywood stuff.


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