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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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BULLET BALLET (Shinya Tsukamoto, 1998) *1/2, 19 June 2008
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

This is my third film from this director, following the two TETSUO efforts; he seems to have quite a following, but I haven’t been impressed with what I’ve seen so far – on the contrary, the combination of flashy style and intense approach resulted not only in being off-putting but, for this viewer, it provoked boredom more than anything else! Anyway, while in those two earlier films, the visceral tone and unrelenting bleakness could perhaps be excused given their sci-fi/body-horror plot lines, these come off as mere hollow gestures in the juvenile delinquent milieu depicted here!

The plot, if so it can be called, concerns a middle-aged man (played by the director himself!) who, in trying to come to terms with his fiancée’s baffling suicide, frantically tries to obtain a similar weapon (presumably in order to join her in the afterlife). However, during his nightly rounds of the city’s back streets, he runs into a gang of small-time (read: low-life) thugs who rough him up – so, he then finds a new purpose for his gun! Still, through his ambivalent relationship with a sluttish and tomboyish girl in the group, he’s drawn into open warfare between clans – and even intercedes for them when a hit-man turns up to exterminate them at their hide-out! While such a narrative could have spelt considerable visual excitement and even thematic depth, the grungy feel of it all (the ugly black-and-white cinematography of an industrial wasteland setting – which can now be seen as typical Tsukamoto - rapid cutting, noisy soundtrack) plus the obnoxious characters prevents audience engagement for practically the entire duration (not that the ostensible bond between the hero and the girl is handled satisfactorily, or in any way comprehensively): mercifully, the thing lasts for just a little over 80 minutes!

Finally, I have to say that, while I’m generally a devoted fan of Japanese cinema, there are certain elements inherent in the Oriental outlook (usually having to do with nihilistic violence and/or mundane melodrama), which I haven’t been able to get into, no matter how hard I try…

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