Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Tetsuo II: Body Hammer (1992)

Visionary lunatic Shinya Tsukamoto who made Tetsuo: Iron Man (1989) in black and white 16mm comes charging back full-force, both barrels blazing, with a re-fit/re-boot re-envisioning entitled Tetsuo II: Body Hammer (1992). It’s not so much a sequel as more of the same cyber-surrealist nightmare, but this time in muted, yet vivid colour, 35mm, and with more elaborate special effects. Taniguchi Tanoo (Tomorowo Taguchi, reprising roughly the same role as he did in Iron Man) is a mild-mannered man with wife Kana (Nobu Kanaoka, woman in glasses from Iron Man), and young son Minori (Keinosuke Tomioka). But there normal life is shattered when Minori is kidnapped by menacing, darkly-clad skinheads. Taniguchi is terrorized by the men, but Minori is left unhurt.

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