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Tetsuo - The Bullet Man DVD

Tetsuo is the eponymous character from Shinya Tsukamoto's 1989 cyberpunk cult classic "Tetsuo: The Iron Man" and its 1992 sequel "Tetsuo II: The Body Hammer." For his first English-language film, the cult director returns to the character that established him on the international cinema scene. "Tetsuo: The Bullet Man" is the third entry in a series of films that established the Japanese cyberpunk genre. The project originally began as Quentin Tarantino asked Tsukamoto to do an English language version of Tetsuo for North America but Tsukamoto wasn’t so sure that Americans would really get it. Tsukamoto’s film explores Japanese anxieties relating to technology and the loss of humanity that is said to come with living in a technopolis like Tokyo.

Calm office worker Anthony, son of an American father and a Japanese mother, lives in Tokyo with his wife Yuriko and their little son Tom. Since Anthony's mother died of cancer, his scientist father has been overly fearful for their health and rigidly subjects Anthony and Tom to monthly physicals. Walking home, Tom is killed in a hit and run before Anthony's eyes. Losing their boy pushes Yuriko over the edge and triggers violent emotions in Anthony, whose body begins to transform. Little by little, his cells turn into iron. When the driver who killed Tom reappears and Anthony learns the truth about his father's past experiments on human guinea pigs and about his mother's death, Anthony mutates into a mass of metal - a human weapon fuelled by an uncontrollable rage.

The Japan DVD edition comes with a "multi-version" of the film, showing the viewers various production materials such as storyboards and production photos as the film plays. It also comes with a new version of the theme song, trailers, and more.




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