TETSUO III: THE BULLET MAN Movie Review

Kelly Michele

Kelly has been a lover of movies since she was little. Although her movie tastes have changed a little since her younger days of Carebears and Mary Poppins, her love of film hasn't. She can generally be found watching any horror movie she can get her hands on, but will occasionally throw an indie film or documentary into the mix to shake things up. She speaks in movie quotes and uses film references in daily conversation; and she does all of this while attempting to change the world's negative opinion of fangirls.

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  • Foodveyor

    By way of explanation, this is not simply the third ‘Tetsuo’ film; The Tetsuo films themselves are part of a micro-genre in Japanese horror cinema. Shinya Tsukamoto’s Tetsuo films are the best known examples in the west, but there are a number of other directors who have made films in this idiom, mostly in the late 80s and early 90s.

    In the west this movement is called ‘Japanese Cyberpunk film,’ (though I disagree with that name because they have very little in common with western Cyberpunk.) Some of the shared characteristics of these films are hyperkinetic cinematography, experimental and highly subjective storytelling, a degree of violence and gore, and themes of cyborgization and non-organic transformation.

    ‘Tetsuo: The Bullet Man’ is not the best example of this kind of film. Try Tsukamoto’s first feature, ‘Tetsuo: the Iron Man,’ Sogo Ishii’s film ‘Electric Dragon 80,000 volts,’ or, my personal favorite Shozin Fukui’s ‘964 Pinocchio,’ which is highly weird and has comedy elements.

    Your milage may vary, this stuff isn’t really for everyone.

    • Hi Foodveyor: Honestly, I cannot thank you enough for the comment. I went into this with a REALLY open mind having read up on the other films (Sorry for my confusion with the “third film” thing. My research skills obviously are lacking), so I thought I’d prepared myself. I apparently thought REALLY wrong…lol.

      Maybe I was looking too much for a “theme” to the movie, and didn’t really get to appreciate the filmmaking, which is what I think I need to reconsider. I embrace weird and dark, so I’m open to everything!

      Thank you again for the comment!