Film poster for Bullet Ballet
|Directed by||Shinya Tsukamoto|
|Produced by||Shinya Tsukamoto|
|Screenplay by||Shinya Tsukamoto|
|Music by||Chu Ishikawa|
|Edited by||Shinya Tsukamoto|
|Distributed by||There's Enterprise|
Bullet Ballet (バレット・バレエ) is a 1998 Japanese film directed by and starring Shinya Tsukamoto, and co-starring Hisashi Igawa, Sujin Kim, Kirina Mano, Takahiro Murase, Tatsuya Nakamura and Kyōka Suzuki. After his girlfriend commits suicide, a man (Shinya Tsukamoto) becomes embroiled in gang warfare attempting to obtain a gun in hopes to kill himself.
- Shinya Tsukamoto as Goda
- Kirina Mano as Chisato
- Tatsuya Nakamura as Idei
- Takahiro Murase as Goto
- Kyōka Suzuki as Kiriko
- Hisashi Igawa as Kudo
Bullet Ballet was first shown at the 55th Venice International Film Festival in September 1998. After the première, Tsukamoto decided to re-edit Bullet Ballet. After the Venice premiere, the Japanese company There's Enterprise offered to distribute the film in Japan. As Tsukamoto was busy with other festivals and developing his new film Gemini, he had to wait until Gemini was complete before finishing re-editing Bullet Ballet for the Japanese release. It was released in Japan on March 11, 2000.
The film was shown at the 1998 Toronto International Film Festival which showcased Japan as their country of focus in the festival's National Cinema program. The show was titled New Beat of Japan, which included Ping Pong Hot Springs, After Life, Beautiful Sunday, Happy Go Lucky and Cure.
Variety gave the film a negative review, stating that "some may respond to the new thriller’s brooding B&W visuals and its spasmodic bursts of hammering violence, most followers of the director will see it merely as more of the same." Time Out gave the film a negative review, describing the film as "aggro art, intense, gut-felt - but also, like all Tsukamoto's work, numbingly over-stretched."
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- "Bullet Ballet". Time Out. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
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