Arrow Video (USA) is releasing director Gakuryu Ishii’s look at an apocalyptic punk society in Japan, Burst City (1982) on Blu-ray.
In a derelict industrial wasteland somewhere on the outskirts of Tokyo, two rival punk bands and their unruly mobs of fans gather for a Battle of the Bands-style protest against the construction of a nuclear powerplant, bringing them head to head with the yakuza industrialists behind the development of their turf.
This extraordinary celebration of Japan’s punk music scene of the early 1980s thrust Sōgo Ishii (now known by the name of Gakuryū Ishii), the underground filmmaking wunderkind behind such works as Half Human: Einstürzende Neubauten (1986), Angel Dust (1994), and Electric Dragon 80,000V (2001), to the next level and is regularly cited as an early landmark in Japanese cyberpunk cinema.
Burst City is also a seminal and visionary work. Ishii’s use of editing and camera is groundbreaking, his use of sound masterful.Tom Mes — Midnight Eye
Release date: November 10, 2020
|Cast||Michirô Endô, Shigeru Izumiya, Takanori Jinnai|
|Discs||1 Blu-ray Disc|
|Run Time||115 minutes|
|Formats||Color / 1.85:1|
|Studio||Arrow Video (USA)|
|Original lossless mono Japanese soundtrack|
|Optional English subtitles|
|Brand new audio commentary by Japanese film expert Tom Mes|
|The Punk Spirit of ’82: Sōgo Ishii on Burst City, an exclusive new 56-minute interview with the director|
|Bursting Out, an exclusive 27-minute interview with the academic and independent filmmaker Yoshiharu Tezuka on jishu eiga and the making of Burst City|
|Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon|