Tetsuo II: Body Hammer

Director: Shinya Tsukamoto
Screenwriters: Shinya Tsukamoto

Institute History

  • 1993 Sundance Film Festival


So there's this guy, this salary man. Nice family, nice Job, nice pathetic mall existence. Too bad evil skinheads, dressed in black, want to steal his child, beat up his wife, and perform medical experiments on his body. Too bad for the skinheads that this salary man's body mysteriously mutates into a metallic cyber gun when he's mad as hell. Too bad for no one that Shinya Tsukamoto, master of the enigmatic cyber nightmare, is back.

His Tetsuo: Iron Man redefined the dystopic epic. Tetsuo II: Body Hammer ups the stakes even further. Take note of Tsukamoto's freewheeling experimental style—that grotesquely realized combination of deranged animation, hypercamp makeup effects and brutally visceral violence. Taste the pain of Tomoroh Taguchi's sweaty, trembling performance as the prostrated salary man. And if you dare, get ready to see a man, desperate to save his family, lose himself in an oppressive, soul-destroying urban maze—with no place to turn but his inner soul. But even there, in the inner depths of his humanity, lurks a toxic memory so horrible that only a cathartic battle with along-lost soul mate can bring it to te surface. Prepare yourself for cyber hell.

Friday Jan 22 Midnight
Egyptian Theatre


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