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Burst City

Japan 1982
produced by
Mitsuhiko Akita, Hiroshi Kobayashi for Dynamite Production/Toei
directed by Sogo Ishii (= Gakuryu Ishii)
starring Takanori Jinnai, Shinya Ohe, Hayato Iseta, Hitomi Tsurukawa, Junji Ikehata, Jugatsu Toi, Kou Machida (as Machizo Machida), Shigeru Izumiya, The Stalin, The Roosters, The Rockers, Conte Akashingo, Umanosuke Ueda, Akaji Maro, Hiromi Hiraguchi, Mayumi Obayashi, Ken Yoshizawa, Katsuyuki Shinohara, Kazuo Komizu (= Gaira), Jun Eto, Saburo Tamura, Koji Kawada, G. Amagazaki
based on the novel by Jugatsu Toi, music produced by Shozo Kashiwagi

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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It's a totally insignificant strip of land that, due to have been neglected by everyone else, has turned into a punk rockers' paradise, which they use for pretty much endless partying, concerts and car racing, all of which things frowned upon by the "establishment" - and thus it's fairly easy for the "respected busiunessman" of the piece to get permission to have the land cleared to build his atomic power plant. Of course, the punk rockers won't leave their beloved home just like that, and the good businessman's idea to send in a few yakuza to chase them away pretty much backfires as brawling has long become part of punk culture, and they have strength in numbers on their side. So the next step is to send in the riot police ...


Burst City is not a narrative movie, at least not in the traditional meaning of the word, as it's carried by only a weak story arc, there's little in terms of character development, and no clear protagonists - and that really fits the theme, as Burst City is pure punk rock brought to the screen, a film that has done away with all the finesse of classic filmmaking to create a style all of its own, a style that's wild, grungy, sometimes crude, but always fascinating, a style more dynamic than pretty much everything before, and there hasn't been much that topped this film since - which also means that the film, despite clearly being from the 1980s, has aged very well, and should a (secret?) punk rock heart, warts and all, beat inside your chest, this is an experience not to be missed.


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