Tomiko is a conductor in a rural bus driven by the handsome Niitaka. Tomiko had received a letter from her best friend Tsuyako, a conductor in another bus company, just after Tsuyako was killed in a bus accident. Tsuyako wrote that she felt that her fiance and driver, Niitaka, planned to kill her. Tomiko therefore plans to take revenge on Niitaka. However Tomiko falls in love with Niitaka, even though she also suspects him of being the Tokyo bus driver serial killer, who killed his female conductors after tiring of them. —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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What a film! Perfect framing, lovely use of black and white, but most of all breathtaking sounddesign. Technically pure perfection. This creates an intense hypnotising atmosphere. This is combined with a simple but effective story and the always impressive minimalist acting skills of Tadanobu Asano. This makes for a nearly perfect piece of cinema.