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Tetsuo: The Bullet Man Trailer Makes Me Giddy

22 September 2009 9:40 AM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

I’ve been a Shinya Tsukamoto fan for several years now, thanks in part to the director’s iconic film “Tetsuo: The Iron Man” and his ultra-violent boxing opus “Tokyo Fist.” These classics, in addition to his twisted short film “Haze,” drastically reshaped my cinematic tastes, transforming yours truly into an Asian film junkie who prefers the strange and esoteric to the simple and mainstream. The only other director that has had this much influence over me is Takashi Miike, another Japanese filmmaker who dabbles in the strange and unusual. However, over the past few years, Tsukamoto has focused his attention on more commercial fare — “Nightmare Detective” immediately springs to mind — making his return to the gleefully demented Tetsuo universe all the more surprising. Filmed in English, “Tetsuo: The Bullet Man” marks the third entry in Tsukamoto’s cult franchise, and judging from the trailer, promises to be just »

- Todd

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Jeonju Digital Project DVD Box Set Now Available

6 June 2009 6:54 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

[I’m bouncing this back to the top of the page purely because my set just arrived and it is gorgeous.]

A beautiful-looking boxset put out by the Jeonju International Film Festival showcases the work of filmmakers from Asia, Africa and Europe, and includes both the long-awaited English-subtitled version of Song Il-gon’s Magicians as well as Shinya Tsukamoto’s Haze and Bong Joon-ho’s Influenza. This from Tom Giammarco’s Seen in Jeonju:

Every year since the first Jeonju International Film Festival back in 2000, Jiff selects three filmmakers who are given 50 million Krw to create a thirty-minute digital movie. No restrictions are given to the topic or type of film to be made and many of the results have been outstanding. Now, gathered together for the first time, these 27 films from 2000-2008 have been made available in a 915 minutes, 9-disk set.

The DVD will be sold at the Jiff website beginning June 15.


- Jon Pais

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A Third "Tetsuo" Movie?! Mindplosion!

8 May 2009 12:42 AM, PDT | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Excuse me while I jab a magnificent fist into the air and strike this breathtaking pose. Indulge me, because being away for the past two weeks covering Sfiff had prevented me from noticing awesome news a-happenin'. And yes, this is awesome news indeed.

On Wednesday, Screen Daily broke the news that a third installment of Tetsuo: The Iron Man is in the works, currently called Tetsuo Project. Not only that, but apparently it's already finished shooting, and a cut is being rushed to Cannes for buyers. Yeah, like the festival wasn't already mindblowing enough. Dammit.

The pic above is a promotional image for the film, which shows its star Eric Bossick in his half-machine make-up.

I began my love affair with Shinya Tsukamoto in high school, when I first discovered the original Tetsuo on video. It was a mesmerizing work of art for the younger and more reckless me: there it was, »

- Arya Ponto

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