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Tetsuo: The Bullet Man (2009)

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Synopsis: The third installment in the series, TETSUO III: THE BULLET MAN, and Tsukamoto's 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 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. 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 fueled by an uncontrollable rage. This delights the mysterious man who ran down Anthony's son, a man who now continually taunts Anthony from a distance. -- (C) IFC Films
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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IFC

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Cast

Eric Bossick
as Anthony
Akiko Monou
as Yuriko
Dwayne Lawler
as Commander
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Critic Reviews for Tetsuo: The Bullet Man

All Critics (3)

The results should please fans eager for another helping of science-fiction body horror, but despite the addition of an American lead and English dialogue, there is little to draw in first-time viewers...

Full Review… | March 3, 2016
Cinefantastique

The backstory satisfies a certain urge to know but lacks the gonzo mystery and waking nightmare horror of the original...

Full Review… | July 1, 2011
MSN.com

Instead of the bugnut brilliance of his first installment, (The Bullet Man) continues a mangled mythos...that does (the director's) otherwise startling and typically visionary work a slight disservice.

Full Review… | January 22, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Tetsuo: The Bullet Man

It's really not a terrible movie but it's definitely way into retarded territory. The delivery of every single line is so bad and the shaky cam and even the whole plot and the way it's dished out is all so stupid. It's like either people in this movie can act, or they can speak English well but no one is capable of both. This is a common problem with Japanese cinema. Japanese people love English and all things foreign so the director shoots everything in English knowing that no one is going to understand it anyway. everyone is just reading the subtitles so the unnatural delivery of the lines and just how stupid they sound evades Japanese audiences. I guess they can save money by not hiring actual capable actors. The only thing i can say is i was never bored and the scenes where Anthony goes nuts are really cool. Also the sounds and music were good. If you can find a compilation video of just the fighting scenes, that would be worth watching, but even that is mostly filled with bad costume/make up special effects and shaky cam.

m wells
m wells

A man with "android DNA" turns into a metal monster when he gets angry. Pointless b-movie styled remake of an underground classic that turns surrealism into silliness.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer

Sadly, I was quite disappointed in this one, the first Tsukamoto film that's ever garnered that reaction. It wasn't just the poor line delivery and questionable dialogue, it just seemed that Tsukamoto had nothing new to add to the series. Still, I did like it, he simply cannot fail with keeping a film's visuals and pacing engaging, but I was hoping for so much more.

Christopher  Brown
Christopher Brown

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