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Directed by
Shin'ya Tsukamoto 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Shin'ya Tsukamoto  writer

Produced by
Igarashi Maison .... producer
Original Music by
Chu Ishikawa 
Cinematography by
Shin'ya Tsukamoto 
Film Editing by
Shin'ya Tsukamoto 
Costume Design by
Hiroko Iwasaki 
Makeup Department
Takashi Oda .... special makeup effects artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Shin'ichi Kawahara .... assistant director
Takeshi Koike .... assistant director
Hisakatsu Kuroki .... assistant director
Kiyohide Ohtani .... assistant director
Art Department
Mari Ehara .... set dresser
Chie Horiuchi .... set dresser
Tarô Hosono .... set dresser
Akiko Kimura .... set dresser
Manabu Yamamoto .... set dresser
Sound Department
Kenji Shibasaki .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Tomo'o Haraguchi .... special effects makeup
Takashi Oda .... dummy effects
Kan Takahama .... model lead
Camera and Electrical Department
Takayuki Shida .... assistant camera
Michiyo Tenma .... gaffer
Michiyo Tenma .... still photographer
Other crew
Andrew P. Kirkham .... dvd & bluray producer [gb]
Tetsuya Tsuda .... firearms

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87 min | Canada:90 min | Finland:98 min | Taiwan:88 min | Argentina:98 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival)
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To me Shinya Tsukamoto is one of the greatest film makers working today., 8 February 2007
Author: Tom Cottey from United Kingdom

The title 'Bullet Ballet' goes a fair way to describing Shinya Tsukamoto's 1998 film. It is both very violent and very beautiful. Tsukamoto is the sort of film maker I admire a great deal, in the same way I admire David Cronenberg to some extent (a film maker who, while excelling at being disgusting, often achieves an emotional depth and gravitas infrequently seen in any genre, let alone horror). Tsukamoto truly makes nasty environments really nasty and when he attempts beauty he succeeds equally. His use of nature amazes me, such as the sky above Tokyo and the clouds as they pass above the sky scrapers. When the two characters (including his own) are sat upon a rooftop and it begins to rain the real feel of that type of natural condition came to me. I don't find films often give me feelings quite like his work here.

The film has a sort of hyperactive sense of realism to it. Largely contributed to by the hand held camera work that is employed extensively, but also the black and white seems to help the audience take what they are watching seriously. Like the British realist films of the 1960's. The pace of the editing is often absolutely frantic, with much use of the montage technique and, like Vertov did in the 1920's Tsukamoto drops in black frames here and there, along with other shots for a rhythmic sense in many sequences.

Despite my great adoration for the film, I would say that it sometimes seems to suffer from underdeveloped plot. There is at least one lengthy (but quite stunning) chase sequence, concluding in a great deal of violence that for its duration does not add a great deal to the plot.

Prior to seeing 'Bullet Ballet' I had seen Tsukamoto's 'A Snake of June' which I found to be equally impressive, although I have not, as of yet, seen 'Tetsuo'. However, these two films to me display an incredible film maker who seamlessly blends elements of Lynch's 'Eraserhead' and the work of directors like Martin Scorsese, (I know 'Taxi Driver' has been mentioned in comparison to this film) with an incredible, seemingly unintentional and very measured attention to detail. From what I have seen so far of his résumé Tsukamoto has become one of my absolute favourite directors and one that achieves what very few seem to do, an almost indescribable, but highly distinct personal style, with an amazing level of control and understanding of the medium of film. Needless to say, I recommend 'Bullet Ballet' wholeheartedly.

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