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Tetsuo: The Bullet Man (2009)

Eric Bossick , Akiko Mono , Shinya Sukamoto  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Eric Bossick, Akiko Mono
  • Directors: Shinya Sukamoto
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: June 28, 2011
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,215 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Anthony is a bland and cautious American office worker living in Tokyo with nothing exceptional about him. Or so he thinks. When his young son is killed, Anthony begins a violent and bizarre metamorphosis, his flesh transforming into metal, his body expressing his repressed rage and lust for revenge. Anthony is becoming the weapon that will destroy the man who killed his son and, if his rage cannot be contained, the entire city in the process. Cult director Shinya Tsukamoto s TETSUO trilogy comes full-circle with TETSUO: THE BULLET MAN.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not nearly up to Tsukamoto's usual standard. December 23, 2010
Tetsuo: The Bullet Man (Shinya Tsukamoto, 2009)

Shinya Tsukamoto, who was always a very good director, found himself a new level over the past decade, turning out phenomenal movie after phenomenal movie; he's the only director to have hit my list of the Best 100 Films of the Last Decade three times (2002's A Snake of June, 2004's Vital, and 2005's Haze). In fact, I love pretty much everything Tsukamoto has done, with two exceptions: the two sequels to Tetsuo: The Iron Man, both of which were, I assume, conceived, shot, and released for purely commercial reasons. First there was Bodyhammer, back in the mid-nineties, a murky, plotless mess that seemed far too focused on the special effects. Now we have The Bullet Man, the third film in the franchise, which if anything goes the opposite direction. Which would normally be great, except that the story is hackneyed and loose. This is exacerbated by the fact that Tsukamoto decided to shoot the entire thing in English, despite neither he nor co-screenwriter Hisakatsu Kuroki (assistant director on Bullet Ballet and currently writing the Gothic and Lolita live action adaptation--and if you're not hopping up and down at the prospect of that one you're either unaware of the source material or dead) has all that good a grasp of it.

Our iron man this time is Anthony (voice actor Eric Bossick), who kind of stumbles into the role after hit men start coming after him because of his tenuous (until they start hunting him, natch; it's there an Ebert Rule about that?) connection to a secret government project to create human weapons (which harks back to Bodyhammer). Needless to say, since they're threatening his family, he becomes said weapon, though he has some existential crises about losing his humanity.
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Love it or hate it, the "Tetsuo" trilogy from cult director Shinya Tsukamoto has been a visceral assault on the senses. Loud, chaotic, and innovative--the films graphically embody a realm where biology and technology merge in the ultimate expression of rage. In the latest, "Tetsuo: The Bullet Man," we are given a re-imagining of this horrific vision but made for broader appeal. With a more substantial budget, Tsukamoto has polished off some of the rough edges and made a terrific looking and sounding film. Once the narrative gets going, the effects are relentless and well done with the metal monster resembling a creature from one of H.R. Giger's nightmares. English speaking actors have taken on the main roles so, in all likelihood, the film might attract a number of newcomers who have not seen the other editions. That might be both a good thing and a bad thing. Fans of the original films might see The Bullet Man as somewhat of a retread, while new viewers won't have any preconceived notions. But movie goers who stumble upon this version by accident will likely be confounded by this extreme and incomprehensible tale.

Let's be honest. Cohesive narrative and logical storytelling plays second fiddle to the in-your-face imagery within the film. The plot itself is fairly thin. A man discovers that he is a metal/human hybrid when confronted with extreme emotion. Why? Some back story about a government experiment gone awry and a long held secret that his scientist father has kept from him. But the secret is out and several factions are looking to send our hero back to the scrap yard. The entire picture takes place as a chase and a series of violent confrontations as the protagonist seeks to avenge the murder of his son even as a his own death is being plotted.
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4.0 out of 5 stars another wild ride April 1, 2011
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i really enjoyed tetsuo: the bullet man. it's not so much of a remake of Ironman as it is a reinterpretation of the basic theme of transformation. i do enjoy the first two tetsuo films slightly more, but that is not taking anything away from this release. my only complaints about this movie is the quick and choppy editing that is done during the action sequences. it seems a lot of directors use that editing technique to intensify the action/drama, but personally, i find it distracting and hard to follow. the other complaint is we really don't get to see any real "clear" transformation sequences of anthony (again, the editing was quick and dark). but saying that, it still is an enjoyable action-packed wild ride. ishikawa's soundtrack is again excellent too. i really enjoy that pounding industrial sound and the music goes well with the environments that tsukamoto envisioned. like many of the previous reviewers mention, if you're a big fan of the first movie, you may not like this one as much, but overall it is still vastly superior and more original than many sci-fi/horror films that are churned out today. i'm not too sure what's so "special" about the dvd slipcase edition as advertised. it's basically a cardboard slipcase over the dvd box. no special packaging nor information booklet provided. i do highly recommend this dvd though.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good movie... I think March 13, 2011
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If you're already a fan of the Tetsuo movies then you probably won't be expecting this movie to make complete sense. I love all of Shinya Tsukamoto's films and admittedly I have no idea what's going on half the time. But be warned, though most of this film is in English, there is a chunk of it in Japanese and the only available subtitles are Chinese. This is the only reason I'm not giving this film 4 or 5 stars. If you're into movies where people turn to metal and smash stuff for no apparent reason I definately recommend this film, but maybe try to get a version with English subs.
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