Bullet Ballet

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Bullet Ballet
Bullet-Ballet-film-poster.jpg
Film poster for Bullet Ballet
Directed by Shinya Tsukamoto
Produced by Shinya Tsukamoto[1]
Screenplay by Shinya Tsukamoto[1]
Starring
Music by Chu Ishikawa[1]
Cinematography Shinya Tsukamoto[1]
Edited by Shinya Tsukamoto[1]
Production
companies
Kaijyu Theater[1]
Distributed by There's Enterprise
Release date
Running time
87 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Bullet Ballet (バレット・バレエ) is a Japanese film directed by and starring Shinya Tsukamoto, and co-starring Hisashi Igawa, Sujin Kim, Kirina Mano, Takahiro Murase, Tatsuya Nakamura and Kyoka 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.

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Release[edit]

Bullet Ballet was first shown at the 55th Venice International Film Festival in September 1998.[2] After the première, Tsukamoto decided to re-edit Bullet Ballet.[3] After the Venice premiere, the Japanese company There's Enterprise offered to distribute the film in Japan.[3] 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.[3] It was released in Japan on March 11, 2000.[3][1]

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.[4] The show was titled New Beat of Japan, which included Ping Pong Hot Springs, After Life, Beautiful Sunday, Happy Go Lucky and Cure.[4]

Reception[edit]

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."[5] 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."[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Mes 2005, p. 213.
  2. ^ Mes 2005, p. 140.
  3. ^ a b c d Mes 2005, p. 145.
  4. ^ a b Howell, Peter (July 8, 1998). "23rd film festival more contemporary". Toronto Star. Torstar Syndication Services, a Division of Toronto Star Newspapers Limited. ISSN 0319-0781. 
  5. ^ Rooney, David (October 12, 1998). "Review: 'Bullet Ballet'". Variety. Retrieved October 20, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Bullet Ballet". Time Out. Retrieved October 20, 2015. 
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