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Director:
Writers:
Shin'ya Tsukamoto (screenplay) &
Hisakatsu Kuroki (screenplay)
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Release Date:
2010 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Losing his son Tom in a hit and run triggers violent emotions in Anthony, whose body begins to transform. When the driver who killed Tom reappears, Anthony mutates into a mass of metal - a human weapon fuelled by an uncontrollable rage. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Eric Bossick ... Anthony
Akiko Monô ... Yuriko
Yûko Nakamura ... Mitsue
Stephen Sarrazin ... Ride
Tiger Charlie Gerhardt ... Tom
Prakhar Jain ... Elliott

Shin'ya Tsukamoto ... The Guy
Michael Duncan ... Soldier 1

Mike Duncan ... Soldier 1 (as Michael Duncan)
Alan Koji ... Soldier 2
Sou Fujita ... Soldier 3
Markus Wambsganss ... Soldier 4
Hajime Izuki ... Soldier 5
Dwayne Lawler ... Commander
Aldo La Riviere ... Anthony - baby
Yutaka Mishima ... Delivery Man 1
Getto ... Delivery Man 2
Masaki Kurusu ... Delivery Man 3
Shin'ichi Kawahara ... Delivery Man 4
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tomorowo Taguchi ... Teeth Brushing Man

Directed by
Shin'ya Tsukamoto 
 
Writing credits
Shin'ya Tsukamoto (screenplay) &
Hisakatsu Kuroki (screenplay)

Produced by
Shin'ichi Kawahara .... producer
Masayuki Tanishima .... producer
Shin'ya Tsukamoto .... producer
 
Original Music by
Chu Ishikawa 
 
Cinematography by
Satoshi Hayashi 
Takayuki Shida 
Shin'ya Tsukamoto 
 
Film Editing by
Yuji Ambe 
Shin'ya Tsukamoto 
 
Production Design by
Shin'ya Tsukamoto 
 
Costume Design by
Mari Sakurai (costumes)
 
Production Management
Kaori Saitô .... production manager
 
Sound Department
Hirokazu Kato .... sound
Masaya Kitada .... sound effects
Akihiko Okase .... foley artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Shin'ya Tsukamoto .... gaffer
 
Other crew
Paulette Waltz .... dialogue coach
 
Thanks
Raymond Doan .... special thanks
 

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71 min
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Trivia:
The only "Tetsuo" film to feature Americans in the cast.See more »
Movie Connections:
Follows Tetsuo, the Iron Man (1989)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Theme for Tetsuo the Bullet ManSee more »

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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
For Die-Hard fans only, 4 December 2010
Author: The Enigmatic Ronin from Norway

Similar to the first two movies, Bullet Man is an alternate retelling of the same story. (avoiding spoilers) The protagonist is alienated in the big city, and "something" triggers a mechanical mutation which results into a physical transformation. Plotwise its what you'd expect in a Tetsuo-film.

Bullet Man is certainly among Tsukamoto's most experimental films, but in a completely different way, due to its casting decisions, and the bold choice of shooting the dialog entirely in English(with the few exceptions), unlike Takashi Miike's Sukiyaki Western Django, the dialog in this movie is in fact understandable. Its very obvious that Tsukamoto was aiming for a broader audience, but it didn't work quite as well.

I must admit that I was very skeptical to Bossick in the lead role, but he is actually very well casted, his character is different from Taguchi, but still similar, he is a bit more stable, but furious at the same time.

Akiko Monou as Bossick's wife on the other hand doesn't work that well, its a dull performance mostly because of her dialog in English. The chemistry between the two isn't present either, but this gets better as the film progresses, and then there is good old Shinya Tsukamoto as " The Guy " you'd be disappointed that he doesn't reprise his role as the metal fetishist, but he still play a pretty bad-ass character, and its a great performance.

The digital look of the film is not working in its favor at all, yet there are lots of trademark shots from the previous films, like the close ups of machinery etc, and Chu Ishikawa's industrial theme, are all present, and its shot in the same frenetic manner, but the gritty, and raw 16mm look is absent.

The Bullet Man, seems more like an American remake of the first film, it has this mainstream feel to it, and doesn't rely that much on the symbolism and metaphors, like the first two films. Another big letdown is, this time there is no mutated counterpart to fight the protagonist, instead we have a bunch of army guys.

I would still recommend this to all Tsukamoto fans. It's different, and not among his best, but that doesn't necessarily mean that its bad. Check it out. 7/10

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