Bullet Ballet

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Bullet Ballet
Film poster for Bullet Ballet
Directed byShinya Tsukamoto
Produced byShinya Tsukamoto[1]
Screenplay byShinya Tsukamoto[1]
Music byChu Ishikawa[1]
CinematographyShinya Tsukamoto[1]
Edited byShinya Tsukamoto[1]
Kaijyu Theater[1]
Distributed byThere's Enterprise
Release date
Running time
87 minutes

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.



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]


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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  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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