Tetsuo: The Bullet Man is the third film in Shinya Tsukamoto’s cyberpunk film series, and the first to be filmed in English language. An American named Antony is living and working in Tokyo and married to a Japanese woman. When their son is killed by the same driver who creates the Tetsuos in previous films, he makes the transformation into Tetsuo. —wikipedia
Constant comparisons to such distinctive celluloid experimentalists as David Cronenberg and David Lynch may give the uninitiated an idea of what to expect aesthetically and thematically from the works of renegade Japanese filmmaker/actor Shinya Tsukamoto, though as complimentary as they may be, the comparisons ultimately don’t do justice to the remarkably original and frantic essence of his hauntingly jarring cinematic nightmares. From the cringe-inducing, hyper-kinetic body horror of Tetsuo: The Iron Man to the creeping deliberation of Gemini, Tsukamoto’s intriguing body of work has isolated critics and audiences while building a strong fan base who share his technophobe paranoia and cyber-punk sensibility.
Born in Shibuya, Tokyo, in 1960, Tsukamoto found inspiration early in his childhood from the television series Ultra-Q. Making his directorial debut via Super-8 film around the age of 14, the future director later found creative outlet in painting and theater. Briefly putting… read more
Less hair/more props. way better than bodyhammer, on par with the first one. shush :)
Full of Shinya Tsukomoto deliciousness, from his whole car crash motif (first Tetsuo) to dissecting a loved one (Vital) to the gun-fetish vengeance plot (Bullet Ballet) with some surprising moments of calm and an interesting display of a Western actor going full Kabuki. It's not the cyberpunk madness that is the first Tetsuo, but it makes sense if you consider the shakycam from the lead's perspective. --PolarisDiB
Another completely unnecessary sequel as Shinya Tsukamoto continues his bid for the mainstream following the bland slasher movie routine of "Nightmare Detective." In this movie you have a Japanese filmmaker writing English dialogue for American actors, trying to direct them to decent performances, and Tsukamoto himself delivering dialogue in English, all at the same time, and it's just a mess.
The special section in the new issue of Undercurrent on Blake Edwards, who passed away last month, opens with an earnest appreciation Adrian
"Brace yourself for disappointment," warns Todd Brown at Twitch. "As painful as it is to say, Shinya Tsukamoto's Tetsuo the Bullet