Bullet Ballet (1998)

Bullet Ballet





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Shinya Tsukamoto wrote, produced, directed, edited and stars in this Japanese thriller. Goda (Tsukamoto) grieves over the suicide of his lover (Kyoka Suzuki), wondering if he might bear some responsibility. Failing to acquire a gun, he wanders Tokyo streets, meets Chisato (Kirina Mano), and is beaten by her street-gang associates. He sets out for revenge -- only to receive more beatings from the gang. Made in black and white, Bullet Ballet was shown at the 1998 Venice Film Festival and the 1998 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
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On DVD: Feb 22, 2005



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Critic Reviews for Bullet Ballet

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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | October 19, 2004

Audience Reviews for Bullet Ballet

What Fight Club tried to be, but failed miserable.

Tsubaki Sanjuro

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Bullet Ballet is a strange film, full of images of gun fetishism and brutal violence. One montage cleverly shows a gun repeatedly being fired intercut with scenes of men at war. It's an interesting statement about man and his ongoing relationship with violence and destruction. All things considered, man is, after all, the most destructive force on the planet.

The journey that director Tsukamoto takes us on is very similar in tone and content to that of Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver, but where Taxi Driver was entirely from Bickle's perspective, Tsukamoto has chosen to examine not just the central character Goda's situation, but also the dismay of his attackers, and the lives they lead outside of this macho environment. It's this technique that makes Bullet Ballet stand out a bit more than the director's other films.

El Hombre Invisible

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hmm not bad..just no big deal..i guess if you dont own a gun maybeit has more meaning..anyhow..nice little story..does have a cute actress in it though

alan jay

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