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Tetsuo: The Bullet Man (2009)

Not Rated | | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi | 2010 (USA)
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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.


Shin'ya Tsukamoto


Shin'ya Tsukamoto (screenplay), Hisakatsu Kuroki (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Bossick ... Anthony
Akiko Monô Akiko Monô ... Yuriko
Yûko Nakamura Yûko Nakamura ... Mitsue
Stephen Sarrazin Stephen Sarrazin ... Ride
Tiger Charlie Gerhardt Tiger Charlie Gerhardt ... Tom
Prakhar Jain Prakhar Jain ... Elliott
Shin'ya Tsukamoto ... The Guy
Michael Duncan Michael Duncan ... Soldier 1
Mike Duncan ... Soldier 1 (as Michael Duncan)
Alan Koji Alan Koji ... Soldier 2
Sou Fujita Sou Fujita ... Soldier 3
Markus Wambsganss Markus Wambsganss ... Soldier 4
Hajime Izuki Hajime Izuki ... Soldier 5
Dwayne Lawler Dwayne Lawler ... Commander
Aldo La Riviere Aldo La Riviere ... Anthony - baby


Two long decades after the archetype flesh/metal mutation in Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989), and seventeen years after Taniguchi Tomoo's equally majestic transformation in Tetsuo II: Body Hammer (1992), another fine specimen--the American-Japanese white collar worker, Anthony--embraces the catalytic power of pain and rage, when a mysterious driver runs over and kills his only son, Tom. Unable to come to terms with his loss, the pained father allows a magnificent bio-mechanic transmutation elevate his malleable flesh to a higher form of existence, as cold metal protrusions and sophisticated weaponry enhance his body. Now, Machine-Anthony is invulnerable. Who can confront the all-powerful Bullet Man? Written by Nick Riganas

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2010 (USA) See more »

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Tetsuo Project See more »

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The only "Tetsuo" film to feature Americans in the cast. See more »


Follows Tetsuo II: Body Hammer (1992) See more »


The Theme for Tetsuo the Bullet Man
Composed by Trent Reznor
Performed by Nine Inch Nails
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Heavy Metal
27 August 2011 | by Vincent_BSee all my reviews

On a positive note, this movie does not resort to using CGI or other crappy special effects. The costume did the job well enough for this movie.

Sound was one of my first issues with this film. The background "music" was mostly someone beating the hell out of a metal trash can or banging a pipe wrench against a jungle gym at the park. There was some metal rifts that were pretty loud. Then the dialog would come in and either I was suffering from deafness or the actors would whisper their lines.

I never have been a fan of shaky cam filming, but this goes way beyond shaky cam to earth quake cam. At no point can I remember any scene that didn't move and flash. If you are epileptic you may have a seizure prior to the credits. The noise, flashes, and bombarding images are just like some hardcore death metal videos.

It takes forever for the origins to be discovered and then the last 20 minutes of the film the "bad guy" -with poor motive- gives the Bullet Man just 60 seconds to kill him... some how 20 minutes = 60 seconds doesn't seem to fit.

Overall a poor movie, I have watched worse. Maybe it would be better as an anime or if I was a big fan of the creator of this film.

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