Tetsuo: The Bullet Man

Tetsuo: The Bullet Man
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Directed byShinya Tsukamoto[1]
Produced byShinichi Kawahara[2]
Masayuki Taneshima[1]
Written byShinya Tsukamoto[1]
Hisakatsu Kuroki[1]
StarringEric Bossick[3]
Akiko Monō[1]
Shinya Tsukamoto[1]
Stephen Sarrazin[1]
Yuko Nakamura[1]
Tiger Charlie Gerhardt[1]
Music byChu Ishikawa[1]
Edited byTsukamoto[1]
Yuji Ambe[1]
Distributed byAsmik Ace
Release date
  • 5 September 2009 (2009-09-05) (Venice)
  • 22 May 2010 (2010-05-22) (Japan)
Running time
79 minutes[1]

Tetsuo: The Bullet Man is a 2009 Japanese cyberpunk horror film.[4] It was preceded by Tetsuo: The Iron Man and Tetsuo II: Body Hammer.


Anthony is a man with an American father and a deceased Japanese mother living and working in Tokyo. One day his son is run over and killed by Yatsu, this film's version of "The Metal Fetishist".[4][5] Shortly afterward Anthony begins to transform into metal. He discovers that the work of his scientist father may be the key to his transformation. In his father's house he discovers a secret room with files and papers detailing the Tetsuo Project as a way to turn people into androids. He also learns that his father met his mother while they each researched the project. Anthony's wife arrives but before she sees her transformed husband a S.W.A.T. team arrives and she is taken hostage. Anthony's transformation finishes its hold and he defeats the S.W.A.T. team with bullets fired from his body, but refrains from killing them. The severely injured team is extracted, but then killed by Yatsu.

Anthony's father then calls to him and his wife to explain everything: Anthony's mother was disgusted with the outcome of the Tetsuo project, having joined it as a way to help give crippled and sick people new bodies. When Anthony's mother realized that she would soon die from cancer, she insisted that her husband recreate her as a Tetsuo android so that he may still have a child with his recreated wife. That child became Anthony, which means that Anthony and his late son were always part Tetsuo. Meanwhile, Yatsu realizes that the only way he will find peace is to be shot by Anthony's body. Yatsu and Anthony have a final confrontation in which Anthony's wife is nearly killed. Anthony's rage and transformation reaches its pinnacle and he becomes a gigantic metal beast with a cannon in his center. Yatsu provokes and threatens Anthony to shoot him. Finally, Anthony denies this wish and instead consumes Yatsu whole into his metal body and then returns to human form. Five years later Anthony and his wife and new child have returned to a normal, contented life. As he stands before a mirror he hears Yatsu's final words: "You don't know what I'll do." However, when a group of young thugs attempt to intimidate him while walking down the street, rather than allow his anger to overtake him, he simply walks calmly and confidently past them.

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