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Shin'ya Tsukamoto

“It’s strange. Part of me loves a city like Tokyo, but part of me would quite happily destroy it.”

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    TETSUO: THE IRON MAN

    SHIN'YA TSUKAMOTO Japan, 1989

    An out-of-this-world nightmare birthed from metal and flesh, Shin’ya Tsukamoto’s cult horror classic frenetically rejects the drudgery of so-called normal life. Surrendering to the tactile allure of the machine, the human body undergoes extreme transformations, set to a frenzied industrial score.

    BULLET BALLET

    SHIN'YA TSUKAMOTO Japan, 1998

    In an act of defiance against the apathy of modern living, Shin’ya Tsukamoto delivers a shock to the system with this orgiastic mélange of breakneck violence and dangerous obsessions. Stripped of its urban gloss, the concrete jungle of Tokyo quakes to the delirious poetry of total self-destruction.

    KOTOKO

    SHIN'YA TSUKAMOTO Japan, 2011

    A bone-chilling yet empathetic look at the extreme loneliness of motherhood, Shin’ya Tsukamoto’s bracing character study shocks with its disquieting soundscape. In her first-ever screen role, J-rock artist Cocco translates the chaos of a tortured mind into striking and unforgettable bodily gestures.

    KILLING

    SHIN'YA TSUKAMOTO Japan, 2018

    Destabilizing the conventions of samurai cinema with his jagged montage style, Shin’ya Tsukamoto brings a feral wildness—and a synth score!—to his first period film. An ultra-violent parable written in blood, Killing cuts through the trappings of honor and masculinity with startling subversiveness.

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