I’ve been a Shinya Tsukamoto fan for several years now, thanks in part to the director’s iconic film “Tetsuo: The Iron Man” and his ultra-violent boxing opus “Tokyo Fist.” These classics, in addition to his twisted short film “Haze,” drastically reshaped my cinematic tastes, transforming yours truly into an Asian film junkie who prefers the strange and esoteric to the simple and mainstream. The only other director that has had this much influence over me is Takashi Miike, another Japanese filmmaker who dabbles in the strange and unusual. However, over the past few years, Tsukamoto has focused his attention on more commercial fare — “Nightmare Detective” immediately springs to mind — making his return to the gleefully demented Tetsuo universe all the more surprising. Filmed in English, “Tetsuo: The Bullet Man” marks the third entry in Tsukamoto’s cult franchise, and judging from the trailer, promises to be just as insane as the previous films. Well, maybe not as outrageous and decidedly over-the-top as “Tetsuo: The Iron Man,” but it’s pretty darn close.
Here’s a quick synopsis:
An American named Antony is living and working in Tokyo and married to a Japanese woman. When their son is killed by the same driver who creates the Tetsuos in previous films, he makes the transformation into Tetsuo.
And while the premise sounds more like a rehash for the international market than anything else, the trailer should leave you with a completely different sensation. But don’t take my word for it — have a look-see at the clip below. Just don’t hold me responsible if your mind is completely blown in the process.