Bullet Ballet

Bullet Ballet ★★★★

After his girlfriend shoots herself, a man enters the criminal underground to try to get her gun to kill himself.

While that premise seems to promise dark comedy, writer/director/star Shinya Tsukamoto instead mines it for psychological horror, turning again to his obsession with de-humanisation. Here, he regresses his characters by slowly obfuscating their purpose and motivation until they end up dead for what seems like no real reason - lost in an endless maze of nonsensical chases and choices. I found the last 30 minutes basically impossible to follow, and I think that's absolutely the point; Shinya's extremist take on the noir.

Violence begets only destruction, and that includes the conceptual.

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