Tetsuo: the bullet man

by Shinya Tsukamoto

Japan, 2009, 71', colour



Calm office worker Anthony, son of an American father and a Japanese mother, lives in Tokyo with his wife Yuriko and their little son Tom. Since Anthony's mother died of cancer, his scientist father has been overly fearful for their health and rigidly subjects Anthony and Tom to monthly physicals. Walking home, Tom is killed in a hit and run before Anthony's eyes. Losing their boy pushes Yuriko over the edge and triggers violent emotions in Anthony, whose body begins to transform. Little by little, his cells turn into iron. When the driver who killed Tom reappears and Anthony learns the truth about his father's past experiments on human guinea pigs and about his mother's death, Anthony mutates into a mass of metal - a human weapon fuelled by an uncontrollable rage.

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Shinya Tsukamoto

Born in Tokyo in 1960, he started making short films from the age of 14, using his father's 8mm camera and a cast of friends and relatives. His short THE ADVENTURES OF DENCHU KOZO (1987) won him his first awards and acclaim in Japan, but it was the now legendary cyberpunk feature TETSUO: THE IRON MAN (1989) that saw him catapulted into the big leagues. It influenced a generation of Western filmmakers including Quentin Tarantino, the Wachowski Brothers and Darren Aronofsky. In 1992 he released the sequel TETSUO II: THE BODY HAMMER, followed by the boxing drama TOKYO FIST. 

 

Since then, his films have demonstrated great diversity. Tsukamoto has also been active as an actor, working with such directors as Takashi Miike, Takashi Shimizu and Alex Cox.

 

FILMOGRAPHY

2009 TESTSUO: THE BULLET MAN, Fiction, 71 min.
2008 NIGHTMARE DETECTIVE II, Fiction, 102 min.
2006 NIGHTMARE DETECTIVE, Fiction, 106 min.
2005 HAZE: ORIGINAL LONG VERSION, Fiction, 49 min.
2004 VITAL, Fiction, 86 min.
2002 A SNAKE OF JUNE, Fiction, 77 min.
1999 GEMINI, Fiction, 84 min.
1998 BULLETT BALLETT, Fiction, 87 min.
1995 TOKYO FIST, Fiction, 87 min.
1992 TETSUO II: THE BODY HAMMER, Fiction, 83 min.
1990 HIRUKO, THE GOBLIN, Fiction, 89 min.
1989 TETSUO: THE IRON MAN, Fiction, 67 min.
1987 ADVENTURE OF DENCHU KOZO, Fiction, 47 min.

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Eric Bossick - Anthony
Akiko Monou - Yuriko
Shinya Tsukamoto - The man

Crew / Technical Info

Crew

Director: Shinya Tsukamoto
Screenplay: Shinya Tsukamoto, Hisakatsu Kuroki
Producers: Shinichi Kawahara (Kaijyu Theater), Masayuki Tanishima (Asmik Ace Entertainment)
Director of Photography: Shinya Tsukamoto, Takayuki Shida
Editors: Shinya Tsukamoto, Yuji Ambe
Production Designer: Shinya Tsukamoto
Music: Chu Ishikawa
Sound: Hirokazu Kato
 

Technical Info

Category: Feature Film
Original Language: English / Japanese
Format: 35mm
Screen Ratio: 1:1.66
Speed: 24 fps
Sound: Dolby 5.1

 

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PREMIERE

Venice 2009, Competition


MAIN SELECTIONS

Sitges 2009, Special
Pusan 2009, Window on Asian Cinema
Tribeca 2010, Encounters


 


 

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Year: 
2009
Duration: 
71'

Shinya Tsukamoto

Born in Tokyo in 1960, he started making short films from the age of 14, using his father's 8mm camera and a cast of friends and relatives. His short THE ADVENTURES OF DENCHU KOZO (1987) won him his first awards and acclaim in Japan, but it was the now legendary cyberpunk feature TETSUO: THE IRON MAN (1989) that saw him catapulted into the big leagues. It influenced a generation of Western filmmakers including Quentin Tarantino, the Wachowski Brothers and Darren Aronofsky. In 1992 he released the sequel TETSUO II: THE BODY HAMMER, followed by the boxing drama TOKYO FIST. 

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Calm office worker Anthony, son of an American father and a Japanese mother, lives in Tokyo with his wife Yuriko and their little son Tom. Since Anthony's mother died of cancer, his scientist father has been overly fearful for their health and rigidly subjects Anthony and Tom to monthly physicals. Walking home, Tom is killed in a hit and run before Anthony's eyes. Losing their boy pushes Yuriko over the edge and triggers violent emotions in Anthony, whose body begins to transform. Little by little, his cells turn into iron. When the driver who killed Tom reappears and Anthony learns the truth about his father's past experiments on human guinea pigs and about his mother's death, Anthony mutates into a mass of metal - a human weapon fuelled by an uncontrollable rage.

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Calm office worker Anthony, son of an American father and a Japanese mother, lives in Tokyo with his wife Yuriko and their little son Tom. Since Anthony’s mother died of cancer, his scientist father has been overly fearful for their health and rigidly subjects Anthony and Tom to monthly physicals. Walking home, Tom is killed in a hit and run before Anthony’s eyes. Losing their boy pushes Yuriko over the edge and triggers violent emotions in Anthony, whose body begins to transform. Little by little, his cells turn into iron. When the driver who killed Tom reappears and Anthony learns the truth about his father’s past experiments on human guinea pigs and about his mother’s death, Anthony mutates into a mass of metal – a human weapon fuelled by an uncontrollable rage.

Cast details: 

 

 

Eric Bossick - Anthony
Akiko Monou - Yuriko
Shinya Tsukamoto - The man

Crew / Technical Info: 

Crew

Director: Shinya Tsukamoto
Screenplay: Shinya Tsukamoto, Hisakatsu Kuroki
Producers: Shinichi Kawahara (Kaijyu Theater), Masayuki Tanishima (Asmik Ace Entertainment)
Director of Photography: Shinya Tsukamoto, Takayuki Shida
Editors: Shinya Tsukamoto, Yuji Ambe
Production Designer: Shinya Tsukamoto
Music: Chu Ishikawa
Sound: Hirokazu Kato
 

Technical Info

Category: Feature Film
Original Language: English / Japanese
Format: 35mm
Screen Ratio: 1:1.66
Speed: 24 fps
Sound: Dolby 5.1

 

Pressbook: 

Downloads



Download pressbook

 

Festivals: 

 

PREMIERE

Venice 2009, Competition


MAIN SELECTIONS

Sitges 2009, Special
Pusan 2009, Window on Asian Cinema
Tribeca 2010, Encounters


 


 

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