Don’t dodge The Bullet Man
Shinya Tsukamoto was among a group of directors responsible for a revival of innovative and daring Japanese cinema beginning in the early 1980âs. TETSUO I: THE IRON MAN (1989), Tsukamotoâs first major feature and a now legendary cyberpunk classic, was one of the seminal films made during this period. The Tetsuo films have won worldwide acclaim for their inventive visual effects and industrial themes, which are often cited as an influence by a generation of Western filmmakers including David Cronenberg, Quentin Tarantino, and Gaspar NoÃ©, as well as Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor.
TETSUO III: THE BULLET MAN, Tsukamotoâs first English-language film, stars Eric Bossick as Anthony, a young man who was born and raised in Tokyo and is now raising a family there. What should be a happy time in Anthonyâs life is not: his wife is crippled by anxiety and unable to leave the house. She also has recurring nightmares about a horrible fate awaiting the pairâs young son, Tom. Those nightmares turn out to be prophetic when Tom is cruelly run down in the street. Anthony flies into a terrible rage, and soon discovers that the power of his emotion transforms him into a strange, metallic monster. This delights the mysterious man who ran down Anthonyâs son, a man who now continually taunts Anthony from a distance.
An early version of TETSUO III: THE BULLET MAN had its world premiere at the 2009 Venice Film Festival. After Venice the filmmaker made revisions and launched a new cut, which debuted at the 2010 TriBeCa Film Festival. The film has the aggressive visuals, special effects and soundtrack that are Tsukamotoâs trademark while also being the first Tetsuo installment with a strong narrative.
Director Shinya Tsukamoto expressed pleasure at having the multifaceted independent distributor introduce TETSUO III: THE BULLET MAN and reintroduce TETSUO II: BODY HAMMER to North American audiences.
âThis project started as TETSUO AMERICA 17 years ago, so I am very glad that the new film will be released in the United States. IFC is the ideal distributor for this film,â said Tsukamoto.
Source: Press Release