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Tetsuo II : Body Hammer / Shin'ya Tsukamoto

Tsukamoto cycle

Since the late 1980s, director Shinya Tsukamoto has established himself as one of the masters of transgressive Japanese cinema, with such radical, works as Tokyo Fist, Bullet Ballet and the first two parts of Tetsuo, which laid the foundation for the cyberpunk movement in Japan.

Ever since his debut years making short Super 8 films as a teenager, Shinya Tsukamoto has remained resolutely independent. He garnered widespread praise while honing his unique and instantly recognizable aesthetic on the fringes of the industry. He often explores themes of urban alienation, physical transformation and psychosexual obsession. His unique aesthetic works make short work of genres and defy unambiguous classification, earning him emulation from the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Darren Aronofsky and Gaspar Noé.

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