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18 December 1999 (Taiwan) See more »
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
(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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1.66 : 1 See more »
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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A stunning visual depiction of depression. Very Original., 12 April 1999
Author: Mindset-2 from Toronto, Canada

A much more articulate Shinya has used his extremely visceral palette to produce a deeper film that passes over the gorehound's head and explores the scars of depression and self-destruction in ways that other film-makers have overlooked. From the beginning where Goda confronts his fiancee's death in a mirror while a cricket twitches under a dripping tap beneath him, to a deathwish game that the hoodlum girl Chisato plays later on in the subways, hooking her heels over the edge and delighting as the passing train throttle passes her, the imagery is amazing. Shot in intimate black and white, the graphic impact of its intense releases (There is a bit of animation on guns that's like a KMFDM video) hit you to hold you and keep you with the story until the end. At the screening I attended there were those who were disappointed that the violence lacked the kind of escapist punch that make other Hong Kong films so fun to watch, but I think Shinya was aiming for something different, and he succeeded. This is my favorite film of his and I definitely look forward to his next. For those trying to get an idea of what to expect, well it's the kind of surrealistic dreams that are often thought of by David Cronenberg and David Lynch. If you follow that path and walk with such minds than you should take a walk with Shinya Tsukamoto and see Bullet Ballet.

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