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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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Action | Horror | Sci-Fi


Not Rated

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Did You Know?


The only "Tetsuo" film in which male genitalia isn't shown. 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
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment
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For Die-Hard fans only
4 December 2010 | by TheEnigmaticRoninSee all my reviews

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 few exceptions), unlike Takashi Miike's Sukiyaki Western Django, the dialog in this movie is in fact comprehensible. 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 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 being in English. The chemistry between the two leads 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 symbolism and metaphors, like the first two films. Another big letdown is, this time there is no mutated counterpart for protagonist to fight, 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. 6/10

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