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Tetsuo II: Body Hammer Reviews

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June 21, 2017

Tetstuo II has a lot of themes that combine very well into the insanity that ensues, but the production and the final package as a whole leaves a lot to be desired in comparison to the insane experience the original offered.
½ November 23, 2015
½ October 25, 2014
I'd much rather watch the 89 classic!
½ October 19, 2014
Well, at least there was a storyline.
½ August 7, 2014
Tetsuo II: Body Hammer - Japanese science-fiction thriller directed, co-produced, and starring Shinya Tsukamoto. Shiniya's 1989 Tetsuo: The Iron Man carried little budget, but this 1992 version [which was re-released in 1997] carried the higher budget. Film won Critic's Award at Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival. Film spawned another 2010 'Tetsuo: The Bullet Man'. Chu Ishikawa's music-score is heart-wrenching, which picks up certain scene's rhythm with its high-pitch shrieks.

Film begins a man shot in the ally by cyborgs. The frame changes to salaryman 'Tomoo [Tomorowo Taguchi]'. Tomoo's looks resemble to Clark Kent [Superman] - he is outing with his wife and small son. Some skinhead cyborgs kidnap his son - after exhaustive chase, his son is left unhurt. After some days, these skinhead cyborgs again show up and kidnap his son. This time the cyborgs crush his son; the event angers him, and mysteriously turns his body into metal and odd-concrete -extruding guns and exhaustive pipes.

Film seems to receive inspiration from 'Akira' and Ridley Scott's Blade-Runner etc. The bizarre surrealism and murky outlook of the Tokyo should transform the audience into [possibly] utopia, not to mention the music-score that plays an important part. Sound-effects of gunshots and blasts create sensualized feeling.
July 15, 2014
A Freudian tale of body horror and the Nietzschean Will to Power realized in profoundly literal ways, Tetsuo II continues in the tradition of its predecessor by blending a hyper-kinetic directorial and editorial style together with an almost insane story. A mix of avant-garde stylings akin to Lynch and Cronenberg, Body Hammer depicts the will to become in startlingly new ways as we watch a man will his vengeance into existence against those who wronged his family.
November 27, 2013
sequel of sorts to 'tetsuo: the ironman" mixes J horror with cyper-punk
½ February 24, 2013
Não tão bom quanto o primeiro, mas ainda uma experimentação interessante de cyberpunk beirando o trash. Psicanálise à flor da pele.
½ October 3, 2012
Ahora si, en color y con mas medios, ofrece lo mismo que la primera pero en panavision, explorando esa obsesion con la transformacion en cyborg, aunque le faltan tablas en la direccion.
September 10, 2012
The trick to watching the Tetsuo movies is to realize that they aren't sequels - Tsukamoto keeps rebooting his own story, and starting over from scratch.
September 9, 2012
While still enjoyable Body Hammer tries in vain to inject more colour, technical splendor and coherent plot into what is an unnecessary re-imagining of the first film.

But in trying to make sense of the madness Shin'ya Tsukamoto only succeeds in taking away from the mind-bending nightmare fuel of the original Ironman.
August 5, 2012
Got nicely cerebral towards the end. Still prefer the predecessor though.
August 6, 2011
Slower paced, has more of a story then IRONMAN.
Super Reviewer
½ May 10, 2011
Companion piece to "Tetsuo: The Iron Man" which features more disturbing bodily mutations as a man is deliberately forced into a raging mechanical freak after a mysterious cult kidnap his son. This time round the film is more story driven and the furious editing and surrealism is more restrained. All filmed in colour this time too which'll please the gore hounds. Overall though it doesn't quite have the impact of the first film, but this is still a dark and unique film to experience.
April 5, 2011
Remtoma todos los conceptos sobre la tecnologia y nuestra dependencia de la misma expandiendolos en una pelicula narrativamente mas ambiciosa. No es una sequela directa y en nota personal, sigo prefiriendo la original.
½ January 19, 2011
La primera "Tetsuo" es una de las peliculas experimentales mas originales que he visto; no es tanto una pelicula sino un collage de imagenes surrealistas editadas de una forma hiperkinetica. Su estetica es algo unico.
"Tetsuo 2: Body Hammer" no es realmente una secuela, es mas bien un remake añadiendo una narrativa mas o menos coherente (quizas exagero con esto ya que aunque hay un intento de darle una explicacion a la transformacion, esta no tiene mucha coherencia). "Tetsuo 2" es una pelicula inferior si la comparamos con su predecesora pero de todos modos es una cinta tan alejada a todo lo que vemos comunmente en el cine que vale la pena recomendarla a cinefilos mas arriesgados.
December 11, 2010
This ends up being a strange Evil Dead II-esque "requel" to the original Tetsuo that stretches the same imagery, themes, and concepts into a feature length format with an attempt at a more coherent plot. Instead of a collage of ideas and emotions being thrown at us like broken shards of glass into our eyes, we get a revenge flick dressed in the stripped off flesh of the original. All this seems to accomplish is taking what made the original so great and making it clumsy,
Boring, and sometimes cheesy. I still haven't seen the third Tetsuo, but I have a feeling Shinya Tsukamoto should have left the original alone.
September 7, 2010
(****): Thumbs Up

I found this to be as great as the first movie. Uber-strange and original. If you liked the first movie, you'll probably like this one too.
June 7, 2010
Almost as pleasantly unpleasant as the first one, but not as frighteningly paced as the original Tetsuo. This time they also sacrificed some weirdness and sexiness to build in more story line and talking. But a still a nice sequel, which most horror series can't really own for themselves.
½ March 15, 2010
favourite action - being maybe less original, but also less idiosyncratic as the prequel, and as such the first asian film that showed me a real, cool and crazier alternative to Hollywood
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