More than 20 years after he used 16mm to prove himself worthy of a cult following with Tetsuo, The Iron Man, Shinya Tsukamoto is back with another frenetic, hyperbolic experience. And if you’ll be at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, you can see the final director’s cut for the first time.
Along with providing a bunch of stills from the film, Tribeca also gave us this new, expanded synopsis of the third installation of the Tetsuo series, which continues to challenge ideas of man and machine … and the trouble that ensues when the two become one:
Calm office worker Anthony, son of an American father and a Japanese mother, lives in Tokyo with his wife, Yuriko, and their little son Tom. Since Anthony’s mother died of cancer, his scientist father has been overly fearful for his son’s and grandson’s health and rigidly subjects Anthony and Tom to monthly physicals.
Walking home one day, Tom is killed in a hit and run before Anthony’s eyes. Losing their boy pushes Yuriko over the edge and triggers violent emotions in Anthony, whose body begins to transform. Little by little, his cells turn into iron. 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.
Tetsuo, The Bullet Man‘s Tribeca screening dates and times are:
Sun, Apr 25, 9:00PM Village East Cinema 1
Tue, Apr 27, 7:30PM Village East Cinema 7
Fri, Apr 30, 4:30PM Village East Cinema 7
Sat, May 01, 11:45PM Village East Cinema 2
The 2010 Tribeca Film Festival runs from April 21st through May 2nd in New York City. Visit the Fest’s official website for more info on Tetsuo, The Bullet Man and all the other films on the schedule.
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