Thursday, September 20, 2012
Tetsuo III: The Bullet Man (2009)
Tetsuo III: The Bullet Man revisits Tsukamoto's most well known and popular franchise. All the pre-requisites are here: chaotic camerawork, an awesome industrial soundtrack (featuring Trent Reznor), little CGI/more actual props, and a lot of action. The story is a little more fleshed out than the previous two movies, with a sort of medical corporation being at the head of the Tetsuo project and some military bad guys trying to get rid of the evidence of said project.
Tsukamoto reprises his role as the antagonist "The Guy/Yatsu". One big difference here is that Tsukamoto isn't capable of transformation (or at least never demonstrates it). Another big difference is the ending, which I won't spoil.
Most of the criticism of this movie, as stated earlier, is due to casting Eric Bossick in the lead instead of everyone's favorite tortured salaryman Tomorowo Taguchi. Sure, maybe Tsukamoto wanted to reach a bigger, more Western audience, but so what? Is it really so fucking wrong for a director to want more people to see his work? No. Bossick is a different type of lead but he handles it very well and pulls off a more than convincing portrayal of a grieving father in the throes of metamorphosis. For me, the only sour spot is the chick who plays Bossick's wife. I don't know if it's that she's a lacking actress or would have performed better speaking in her native language. I also wasn't particularly fond of Bossick's father but it isn't enough to distract from the rest of the movie.
Fuck the nay-sayers. This is a 70-minute ride well worth taking.