Cyberpunk's back - is there a new Tetsuo film on the way?
24th Mar 05
A while back, my first introduction to Japanese extreme films as a young kid was a black and white movie called Tetsuo: The Iron Man (it came out around the same time that Manga exploded into the UK around 1990).
The black and white visuals of a man inserting metal rods into his own body stuck with me for a long time, and I pretty much immediately chased up the sequel - Tetsuo 2 - which was essentially an Evil Dead 2 upgrade of the first film, except with a bigger budget and in colour. It's probably just about as good as the first, though it's debatable so argue amongst yourselves on that one.
Now cult director Shinya Tsukamoto has confirmed he is planning to shoot a second sequel to his original Iron Man which was made in 1989. At the Mar del Plata film festival in Argentina (where he was introducing his latest film Vital, Tsukamoto commented:
"I´m interested in directing a new TETSUO film, and this time I might have American co-producers. It´ll be a throwback to my first films, and you can expect to see a flying Tetsuo."
Current film Vital (cross fingers that Tartan will be bringing this film our way sometime later this year) focuses on a medical student who finds his deceased girlfriend on his operating table. TETSUO 3 however, will be fast and furious, just like his debut effort;
"I think I got old, because my films became less violent and extreme," Tsukamoto says. "But that´s because I got a little tired of being classified as cyberpunk… People used to point me out and say, ‘Shinya Tsukamoto… Oh, yeah, the cyberpunk director.’ I wanted that to stop. However, I’m doing another sequel, so the curse will begin again!"