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A man sees his life changed for ever when his fiancee shoots herself. Baffled, he wants by all means... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Shin'ya Tsukamoto 
Writing credits
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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
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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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Different from Tsukamoto's earlier movies, but still a great movie., 28 March 2000
Author: David Austin from Atlanta, GA

First off, those expecting the David Lynch-on-Angel Dust style of the 1st Tetsuo movie and Tokyo Fist will probably be disappointed. Like Tokyo Fist, this is Shinya Tsukamoto at his most personal and heartbreaking. I saw this film at the Montreal FantAsia festival and came out puzzled by what I saw. Here I was, expecting Tsukamoto to cut loose again...and this movie was, by the standards of his earlier work, relatively calm. I'd compare it to Scorsese's "The King of Comedy" in that people will soon be hailing this one as a masterpiece.

The film is the story of two people linked together by ideals and tragedy. Tsuda is a director of commercials who is heartbroken by the suicide of his fiancee for mysterious reasons. He soon develops a fascination with guns.

Later on, we meet Chisato, a young woman who is the driving force behind a gang of Japanese toughs. Tsuda forms a bond with Chisato through multiple encounters with the gangs. Whereas the other members of the gang are middle-class kids looking for fun, Chisato has a death wish and a suicidal streak which propels her to violence.

Here's hoping that Bullet Ballet gets released soon, as it is technically perfect as well as emotionally dead-on.

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