Burst City is essentially a feature length punk rock music clip. The film is set in a kind of post-apocalyptic Japan where everyone is a punk, a freak or a brutal cop. There are non-stop riots in the streets, non-stop punk concerts, non-stop gang warfare, non-stop police brutality and non-stop car chases. This film is one hell of a wild ride and it left me feeling spun. The soundtrack is made up entirely of awesome Japanese punk rock and fits the images perfectly. —IMDb
Sogo Ishii was born in the right place at the right time. The man who is often referred to as Japan’s punk filmmaker grew up in Hakata on the island of Kyushu. When he was in his teens, he found himself in the middle of the punk rock revolution when northern Kyushu became one of the country’s most fertile breeding grounds for new bands.
Along with the Kansai area (Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya) and inevitably Tokyo, Kyushu spawned the musicians and bands that would go on to dominate the punk scene in the late 70s and early 80s. The first Kyushu band to rear their spiked heads were Sunhouse, a mid-70s outfit whose gritty pre-punk rock would become a major influence on those that followed: The Roosterz, fronted by the enigmatic Shinya Ohe, Takanori Jinnai’s leather-clad The Rockers and the recently reformed ARB headed by Ryo Ishibashi (now one of Japan’s most versatile actors, known to many for his role as the victimized widower in Takashi Miike’s Audition).
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I think the extent of Japan's cinematic prowess was sucked dry by Kurosawa and Kobayashi because it seems whatever they've put out since has been terrible degenerate films featuring characters with no redeeming social value. Films like these present the Japanese as savages incapable of rationality. The only good thing about this was the music. Apart from that it was impossible to take seriously...or metaphorically.