BURST CITY

Sogo Ishii, Japan, 1982, Arrow Films, Cult

“Foreshadows everything from the works of Shinya Tsukamoto and Takashi Miike to two decades of MTV music videos.” -- Tom Mes, MIDNIGHT EYE

This dystopian Molotov cocktail of MAD MAX-style biker wars against the yakuza and performances from real-life Japanese punk bands (The Stalin, The Roosters, The Rockers and INU) thrust underground wunderkind Sogo Ishii to the next level, and is an early landmark in cyberpunk cinema. In a derelict industrial wasteland on the outskirts of Tokyo, two rival bands and their unruly mobs of fans gather for a Battle of the Bands-style protest against a nuclear power plant, bringing them face-to-face with the yakuza industrialists that want to erase their turf.

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Details

  • 115 mins.
  • Color
  • 1.85:1

Formats

  • DCP

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