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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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Uncompromising And Fairly Brilliant, 17 November 2008
Author: crossbow0106 from United States

Shinya Tsukamoto's unique vision is fairly amazing. I thought the better known "A Snake Of June" was brilliant and provocative, but this film is also, even though they are hardly about the same thing. Mr. Tsukamoto, who produced, edited, wrote and directed this, also stars in it as Goda, a commericals director whose girlfriend has killed herself with a gun. Goda's life and reason unravels, and he obsesses with finding a gun. He falls in with a gang of disenfranchised youth in Tokyo's Shibuya (the Harajuku district, which is next to Shibuya in Tokyo, is a prime place for these young people still) and gets involved in a gang fight as well as other violence. The film was shot in black and white, which was an excellent idea, since the film is too stark to be in color. This is not for casual film goers, but fans of Tarantino and Darren Aronofsky's work will like this. Mr. Tsukamoto has created a film about the lure of non-redemption and brilliant shoots it almost documentary style. The other characters, especially the brooding model like Kirina Miao as Chisato, are also good, but this is Mr. Tsukamoto's film. Obtain the DVD, which has an interview with him taken years later in which he answers certain questions about the film. It is a candid view of his process and idea. This movie is very in your face and its effectiveness in spreading the message of violence and hopelessness is fascinating. I highly recommend it.

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