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The Tetsuo Trilogy ~
« on: August 20, 2017, 03:21:49 PM »


Shinya Tsukamoto for all those who enjoy Japanese cinema is not a stranger, he is considered a cult artist, an extremely versatile artist who has not only ventured into the direction of films but also in the acting of either his own films or others. A transgressive artist with a very long and exquisitely interesting repertoire. Within his filmography one of his most important contributions has been Tetsuo, the tetsuo trilogy; I thought that these films deserved a space at extremehorrorcinema. So this is a thread about these three films so unique.

When we talk about Tetsuo, the concept of cyberpunk arises by obviousness, the cyberpunk (in broad strokes) is a branch of science fiction in which predominate subjects such as the mechanization of the human body, the high technology and with a punk aesthetic.


Tetsuo, the Iron Man (1989) is the first film of Tsukamaoto filmed in 16 mm. The protagonist is a strange man known as "the metal fetishist," who has the insane habit of nailing bits of metal into his body. One day, he suffers a car accident and collides with another man who, from that moment, will begin to suffer strange symptoms in his own body. The result? A true journey of sensations where the roughness, chaos and the rawness reach high levels, all thanks to an excellent use of available resources, there are obviously no big budgets but the mastery with which it is performed is admirable, in addition to a use of an industrial soundtrack that helps us even more to introduce ourselves in situations, leaving us totally baffled at the spectacle we are witnessing, the first impression after seeing it is unforgettable .






Tetsuo II: Body Hammer (1992) Taniguchi Tomoo is a simple and familiar man. When his son is kidnapped by a pair of skinheads, tension and anger grows in Tomoo and causes him to become a fearsome cyborg, a hybrid between a human being and a high-powered weaponry. This second part is not a direct continuation of the first, but it takes the same approach and re-interprets it in a more affordable way for the conventional viewer although it is still weird.






Tetsuo: The Bullet Man (2009) tells the story of Anthony (an American in Japan), a husband and father whose son is run over. The protagonist is pressured by his wife to kill the homicidal driver, Anthony then begins to transform into metal. It is not my favorite, I do not say it is bad, but I think it lacks the "mystic" of previous films.