Taking Sides: Tetsuo The Iron Man vs Tetsuo II: Bodyhammer

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I'm glad I watched it tho.

we are normal and we want our freedom (Abbott), Wednesday, 4 November 2009 04:33 (4 years ago) Permalink

hi! I'm the freak who likes tetsuo II better than I.

everything tsukamoto did afterward blows them away tho.

鬼の手 (Edward III), Wednesday, 4 November 2009 14:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

what did he do afterward? I didn't like Tetsuo II much

someone I'm Facebook friends w/ who lives in Japan reported disappointment after seeing Tetsuo III The Bullet Man (which apparently is in theaters over there) but I don't even know if it's the same filmmakers or what

dmr, Wednesday, 4 November 2009 15:55 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah, tetsuo III is tsukamoto too, I'm not hearing good things about it.

the great tsukamoto films are in his run from 1995 - 2004

tokyo fist
bullet ballet
gemini
a snake of june
vital

鬼の手 (Edward III), Wednesday, 4 November 2009 15:59 (4 years ago) Permalink

he played ichi's "father" in ichi the killer

鬼の手 (Edward III), Wednesday, 4 November 2009 16:09 (4 years ago) Permalink

a snake of june
POSSIBLE SPOILER: Didn't know shit about Tsukamoto when I saw this (though I had seen TII:B), so I totally wasn't expecting the prehensile penis.

calumerio, Wednesday, 4 November 2009 16:13 (4 years ago) Permalink

although I've never heard them make any specific references to it, I suspect chuck palahniuk and david fincher owe tsukamoto a huge debt

let's just say tokyo fist is eerily similar to fight club

鬼の手 (Edward III), Wednesday, 4 November 2009 16:15 (4 years ago) Permalink

similar enough that I am editing wikipedia right now

鬼の手 (Edward III), Wednesday, 4 November 2009 16:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

I saw Tetsuo I in the theater in '92. Loved it.

When it was over, this very old woman came hobbling out of the theater. The ticket guy asked her what she thought and she said "oh, it was very nice."

Nate Carson, Wednesday, 4 November 2009 23:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

"let's just say tokyo fist is eerily similar to fight club"

huh? Wasn't Tokyo Fist about a boxer who wasn't very good who keeps getting knocked out by his pal who doesn't even practice with one punch?

Philip Nunez, Wednesday, 4 November 2009 23:49 (4 years ago) Permalink

Body Hammer was awful. I don't remember liking Bullet Ballet much, but Tokyo Fist is pretty good.

We call them "meat hemorrhoids" (Alex in SF), Thursday, 5 November 2009 00:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

I had no idea he made so many movies actually. Apparently there is a Tetsuo III.

We call them "meat hemorrhoids" (Alex in SF), Thursday, 5 November 2009 00:03 (4 years ago) Permalink

a professor i know shows tetsuo to an intro film class. amazing undergrad mindfuck

amateurist, Thursday, 5 November 2009 00:07 (4 years ago) Permalink

I saw Tetsuo I in the theater in '92. Loved it.

When it was over, this very old woman came hobbling out of the theater. The ticket guy asked her what she thought and she said "oh, it was very nice."

looool.

this one took me back a few years...

so, my grandma used to exclusively watch ABC. mostly soap operas and game shows. one day, I came home, and inexplicably, she's ventured way out to the movie channels. and she's watching rambo 3. (!!) rambo is killing tons of dudes during the scene I walked in on. (of course.) I ask her what she thinks, and she just shoots me a huge grin. ^__^

( - _ - ); (Alan N), Thursday, 5 November 2009 06:03 (4 years ago) Permalink

Wasn't Tokyo Fist about a boxer who wasn't very good who keeps getting knocked out by his pal who doesn't even practice with one punch?

― Philip Nunez, Wednesday, November 4, 2009 6:49 PM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

a salaryman alienated by the shallowness of modern life retreats into a subculture of ultraviolent fistfighting, sparking a love triangle with his weirdo girlfriend and a sardonic, amoral fellow boxer

a surreal film with graphic depictions of ppl getting their faces beaten to a pulp

tokyo fist came out a year before fight club was published, premiered at the 1995 toronto film festival

however a short story version of fight club was published right around that time... hive mind at work?

鬼の手 (Edward III), Thursday, 5 November 2009 20:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

Aronofsky's 'Pi' gets cited a lot as a Tsukamoto-borrowing.
The two short films he did before Tetsuo are kind of fun to see & are basically even rougher drafts of the same ideas.

xcixxorx, Thursday, 5 November 2009 20:34 (4 years ago) Permalink

Tsukamoto started making movies at the age of 14, when his father gave him a Super 8 camera. He made a number of films, ranging from 10-minute shorts to 2-hour features, until his first year at college when he temporarily lost interest in making movies. Tsukamoto then started up a theatre group, which soon included Kei Fujiwara, Nobu Kanaoka, and Tomorowo Taguchi, all of whom would continue to work with Tsukamoto up through the filming of Tetsuo: The Iron Man.
One of their theatre productions at this time was Denchu Kozo no boken. At the end of the production, Tsukamoto didn't want to waste all the effort they had put into building the set, so he decided to shoot a film version.
Tsukamoto's early films, Futsu saizu no kaijin (A Phantom of Regular Size) and Denchu Kozo no boken (The Adventures Of Electric Rod Boy) made in 1986/87, were short subject science fiction films shot on colour 8 mm film. In both films he made aggressive use of jarring editing, stop-motion animation, bizarre sound effects, and grotesque or outlandish subject matter. Denchu Kozo concerned itself with an unhappy young boy with an electricity pylon growing out of his back, who is transported into the future and must do battle with cyborg vampires trying to destroy sunlight

I really want to see this.

The people of Ork are marching upon us (Matt #2), Thursday, 5 November 2009 22:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

Is he responsible for that 10,000 volt movie with the guitar as electro-weapon battle?

Philip Nunez, Thursday, 5 November 2009 22:36 (4 years ago) Permalink

That one was directed by Sogo Ishii.

xcixxorx, Thursday, 5 November 2009 22:47 (4 years ago) Permalink

2 years pass...

Is the first one "available," as Alfred would say?

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 16:14 (2 years ago) Permalink


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