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Burst City

1982 1h 55m Action Sci-Fi List
Reviews 53% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
Punk bands protest a nuclear power plant and are attacked by yakuza thugs until a pair of metal-clad bikers arrives. Read More Read Less

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Grant Watson Fiction Machine There is so much energy infused into every frame, captured like lightning in a bottle. Rated: 8/10 Nov 15, 2021 Full Review Alan Boon Starburst Burst City is one of those films that isn't for everybody but should be, an explosion of kinetic energy in cinematic form, and is two hours well-spent in an era when our time is so very precious. Japanese punk-rock action musicals? The best kind, mate. Rated: 4/5 Nov 20, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member The original J-cyberpunk. 25-year-old Ishii went with a long director's cut, a full hour longer than "Electric Dragon". Despite that, it doesn't drag much thanks to the frequent, chaotic, frenetic action. Battle of the bands takes on a literal meaning as bosozuku meets punk. "This is not an explosive movie. It is a movie explosion." Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Set in post-apocalyptic Japan, 'Burst City' revolves a group of punk rockers who clash with yakuza and police over the construction of a nuclear powerplant being built. The story is rather in-sequential aside from the simple fact that this is a absurd punk rock sci-fi film set in Japan. There is no doubt that both Takashi Miike and Shinya Tsukamoto were greatly influenced by the look and feel of this film, as it shares the frantic style particularly apparent in Tsukamoto's work. Burst City is bursting with energy, featuring hyper editing, chaotic camera-work and load, thumping music throughout. The problem with the film is that it's 2 hours long, and after about 30 minutes, the film grew quite tired to me, even with the ridiculous style. Essentially this Sogo Ishii film is a prime example of "style over substance". I really wish the film had something to say; maybe it does, and I just completely missed the point but I have a feeling whatever message that did exist was rather simplistic- the conflict between youth and authority? It's kinda odd to me that the same guy made "Labyrinth of Dreams', and much more masterful film. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member If Mad Max would've been a Japanese punk rock video you would have Burst City. If you dig rock'n'roll movies then check this out. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member i liked the first scene before it turned into faster and furiouser postapocalyptic cliches for tony rayns to write about how it is an authentic look at 1980s subculture of disaffected japanese youth so much so it is also of that culture, wank wank wank wank- lol critcs r predictable even in hindsight. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Cool visuals, but could have been better. It seamed to go on a bit long and was kind of boring, but the visuals make up for it. This is true cyber-punk Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member nah. not brilliant. sloppy and silly. is there a word for "not really having a plot"? the camera work could only be called great or cool if not seeing anything that was happening could be considered great. all that aside, some of the songs were cool. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Punk bands protest a nuclear power plant and are attacked by yakuza thugs until a pair of metal-clad bikers arrives.
Sogo Ishii
Hiroshi Kobayashi
Action, Sci-Fi
Original Language
Release Date (Streaming)
Nov 11, 2020
1h 55m
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