Tetsuo III: The Bullet Man (2011)


Tetsuo III: The Bullet Man is the third film in the Tetsuo series, which the III would indicate, but this is the first one in American. I mean English.

Essentially, the plot of the film seems to be that a man’s son is killed by a driver, and he goes nuts with rage and transforms into Tetsuo, a cyberpunk superhero. I think he either eats and then shoots out bullets, or just creates bullets out of thin air, or something, but it looks kinda cool.

The Scoop

Shinya Tsukamoto directed the other two Tetsuo films, and I’m not sure if they’re direct sequels, or if it’s just similar stories in similar worlds, but it looks trippy and cool. Tsukamoto directed the last one in 1992, so it’s been a while, but the special effects have come a long way since then, so this one may look a lot better. I haven’t seen the others, but I assume they were cool, but outdated. Just a guess.

A really cool thing about Tetsuo III is that the music for the film was all done by Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails. The other film in the last year to have such an honor? The Social Network. This actually seems really cool. And it’s apparently the first music by Nine Inch Nails in 2 years, if you don’t count The Social Network.


Who’s It For?

I haven’t found a rating yet, but I’d say it looks R.


Movie Release Date

January 19, on demand.
January 21, in select theaters.

Who’s In It?

  Eric Bossick … Anthony
  Akiko Monô … Yuriko
  Yûko Nakamura … Mitsue
  Stephen Sarrazin … Ride
  Tiger Charlie Gerhardt … Tom
  Prakhar Jain … Elliott
  Shinya Tsukamoto … The Guy

Related Movies

Tetsuo I and II, Old Boy, Other crazy ass Japanese cyberpunk superhero films. Godzilla.

What’s Good About It?

The trailer looks cool, the music should kick all kinds of ass, and it just seems like the type of film that’ll make no money but be a cult classic.

What’s Bad About It?

I haven’t seen the others, and I worry that it may be a little too Japanese for my tastes. Nothing against the Japanese, but the filmmaking style isn’t Western, and it may be jarring. Just saying.

Our Clever Prediction

Obviously, it’s not getting a big release, so it won’t make boatloads of money, but I suspect it’ll be a big hit for the audience that sees it. Meaning internet nerds. Like us. (see how I made it not just me, but both me and you?)

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  1. The funny thing is I watched the first 2 Tetsuo movies only a few days ago and they are as awesome now as they where when they first came out over 20 something years ago, and tonight I will be watching
    the 3rd installment of this no holes barred in your face assult on the senses, with 20 years of S,F,X advancment its gonna be a mind blowing mix of and audio and visual rape that only Japanease film can deliver a must see for all diehard anima/manga fans

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