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 loud, 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". While it has some great imagery that does fit this punk rock fever-dream well, 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', a much more masterful film.
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