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Tetsuo II: Body Hammer (1992)

When metal-worshipping fanatics abduct his son, a father unleashes his dormant destructive power, as his naked rage transforms the once-feeble flesh into a grisly symbiosis of metal and tissue. Who dares to defy the ultimate body-hammer?


Shin'ya Tsukamoto
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Credited cast:
Tomorô Taguchi ... Taniguchi Tomoo
Shin'ya Tsukamoto ... Yatsu (The Guy)
Nobu Kanaoka ... Kana
Sujin Kim Sujin Kim ... Taniguchi's Father
Hideaki Tezuka Hideaki Tezuka ... Big Skinhead
Tomoo Asada Tomoo Asada ... Young Skinhead
Iwata Iwata ... Taniguchi's Mother
Keinosuke Tomioka Keinosuke Tomioka ... Minori
Torauemon Utazawa Torauemon Utazawa ... Mad Scientist
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Min Tanaka


Three years after the Metal Fetishist's nightmarish transformation in Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989), the ordinary salaryman, Taniguchi Tomoo, sees his world crumble when fanatic metal-worshipping skinheads abduct his only son. Forced to unleash his dormant destructive power, Tomoo will finally embrace the cathartic effect of the ultimate metamorphosis, as his naked rage transforms the once-feeble flesh into a grisly symbiosis of hard metal and soft tissue. Who dares to stand in the way of the ultimate body-hammer? Written by Nick Riganas

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Rated R for bizarre violent images throughout | See all certifications »

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Metal machine movie
24 July 2012 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

The original Tetsuo: the Iron Man was a pretty unforgettable film. Shot in intense black and white and very pure in its intentions, it was an avant-garde sci-fi horror movie. An immediate cult film. With the follow up, director Shin'ya Tsukamoto has made a film which is more a remake than a true sequel. In this one, he shoots in colour and tries to incorporate a story of sorts. Although, this is a relative statement, as this is still a very weird film and it hardly adheres to cinematic storytelling norms. In essence it is once again about a man turning into a cyborg.

Like the first it's visually very striking indeed. It seems to have influenced an awful lot of industrial bands from the 90's, seeing as many of their videos mimic the imagery found in this one. It's soundtrack I guess adds to this seeing as it is full on rock a lot of the time. As a piece of visual art Tetsuo II is a success. However, I do not think it reaches the same level as the original movie, which for my money was such an original piece of work it is hard to outdo. I think the introduction of more story here is also to the film's detriment. The story gets in the way, something you could never accuse the original film of. Still, this remains a pretty intense experience.

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Release Date:

15 August 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tetsuo - Vasember 2. See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,550, 22 June 1997

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1.37 : 1
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