"Tetsuo: The Bullet Man (2009)' Review

Review: Anthony is a young man who was born and raised in Tokyo and is now raising a family there. What should be a happy time in Anthony’s 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 pair's young son, Tom. Those nightmares turn out to be prophetic when Tom is cruelly run down in the street. Losing their boy pushes Yuriko over the edge and triggers violent emotions in Anthony, whose body begins to transform. Anthony flies into a terrible rage, and soon discovers that the power of his emotion transforms him into a strange, metallic monster.
This indeed is the long awaited installment in the Tatsuo trilogy. This time around instead of being a primarily Japanese  cast and language director Shinya Tsukamoto takes a different approach and uses an english speaking cast and an american actor, but keeps with the same style and feel like the other 2 previous films. For anyone who goes into this film without any prior knowledge of the first 2 films will probably not be ready for the madness this film has in store for them. The style of the film is very much like a music video would be with fast cuts a jittery camera work. Another thing that they also do is keep with the modern trend of making the colors of the film look washed out to an almost black and white look with very bold blacks.

 The soundtrack of this film is by none other than Nine Inch Nails and really helps add to the intensity of the film. In ways the film is like if you were to take a Merzbow album and made it into a film. If your not familiar with Merzbow please go look them up! Now as far as the story goes, well yes it is quite obsurd, but when going into a film like this you should expect that. At the same time it is quite powerful and I found myself cheering on Anthony and waiting for him to get his revenge. Overall this film works perfectly with the previous films and will please any fan of the series! I highly recommend this film and suggest you go pre-order it or buy it asap!

-Daniel "Damnation" Lee

Director: Shinya Tsukamoto
Genre:Cyber Punk/Horror/Sci-Fi
DVD Release Year: 2011
Theatrical Release Year: 2009
Time Length: 72 mins.
Company: IFC Films
Website: www.ifcfilms.com