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.
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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.
Suffers severly from Squandered-Potential-Syndrome. I think the actors could have done better as they seemed quite charismatic to me, but I guess that's what you get when you let a japanese person write english dialogues.
Way too fucking much shaky cam, especially in the action sequences.
It also tries desperately to jam a story down our throats, like Tetsuo II. In my opinion the first part is still the best.
Completed the TETSUO series last night with the third installment, THE BULLET MAN. Actually, this one had a couple of intense action sequences and made the most sense out of all three films by Shinya Tsukamoto. Absolutely loved the theme song during the credits by NINE INCH NAILS.
I personally really enjoyed this film despite all the negative press/reviews it's been getting. It has flaws sure, but it's about 100% more creative than most anything you see in the mainstream...def a must see IMO. Here's my review: http://thefilmstage.com/zna