2021 Tribeca Film Festival: June 9-20
Tetsuo The Bullet Man


North American Premiere

Japan | 71 MINUTES


Action, Science Fiction

When his son becomes the victim of a hit-and-run car accident, Anthony's consternation triggers his transformation from grieving father into human weapon. Unbeknownst to his wife—whose instigation for revenge has forced the reluctant Anthony on a quest to find the culprit—he uncovers not only the mystery of his son's death, but his own past as well.

In his first English-language film, over 20 years after he used 16mm to prove himself worthy of a cult following with Tetsuo The Iron Man, Shinya Tsukamoto (Gemini, Tokyo Fist) continues the aesthetic trajectory of the series by evolving the Tetsuo world through a sharp, steel-gray lens, masterful editing, and ornate sound design. Shown here in the final director's cut for the first time, this modernized, hyperbolic third installation continues to challenge ideas of man and machine and the trouble that ensues when the two become one. In a time where technological advancements are constantly reshaping the way we function on a basic level, Tetsuo forces us to engage and become a part of what we're watching: a reminder that when we look into the abyss, the abyss looks into us.


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Directed by Shinya Tsukamoto and Shinya Tsukamoto

Shinya Tsukamoto was born in Tokyo. He started making 8mm short films from age 14, and in 1989 released the now-legendary Tetsuo The Iron Man. He followed with wide-ranging films like Hiruko the Goblin, Tetsuo The Body Hammer, Tokyo Fist, Bullet Ballet, Gemini, A Snake of June, Vital, and Nightmare Detective.
Shinya Tsukamoto, Hisakatsu Kuroki
Shinichi Kawahara, Masayuki Tanishima
Primary Cast
Eric Bossick, Akiko Monou, Shinya Tsukamoto
Shinya Tsukamoto
Production Designer
Shinya Tsukamoto
Chu Ishikawa
Director of Photography
Shinya Tsukamoto, Takayuki Shida
Shinya Tsukamoto, Hisakatsu Kuroki


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