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With Tetsuo: The Iron Man, Tetsuo II: Body Hammer, Tokyo Fist and Bullet Ballet, Shinya Tsukamoto has become one of the most widely praised filmmakers in Japan today. Edgy, intense and overwhelming, Tsukamoto's films are nightmarish visions of a world in which man's greatest enemy is his own environment of cold concrete and twisted technology. His debut film, the legendary cyberpunk masterpiece Tetsuo: The Iron Man, saw him compared to David Lynch, David Cronenberg and Ridley Scott. The film rejuvenated the Japanese film industry, paving the way for an entire generation of young Japanese directors Hideo Nakata (The Ring) and Takeshi Kitano (Zatoichi). It also deeply influenced Western filmmakers as diverse as Quentin Tarantino (Kill Bill), David Fincher (Fight Club) and the Wachowski Brothers (The Matrix). * Illustrated with hundreds of stills, behind-the-scenes pictures and rare photographs from Tsukamoto's private collection
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.6" Width: 7" Height: 1" Weight: 1.75 lbs.
Release Date Jun 15, 2006
Publisher FAB Press
ISBN 1903254353 ISBN13 9781903254356
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More About Tom Mes
Tom Mes is the author of the widely praised book Agitator: The Cinema of Takashi Miike (also from FAB Press) and co-author, with Jasper Sharp, of The Midnight Eye Guide to New Japanese Film. He is the founder and editor of MidnightEye.com, the world's foremost publication on Japanese cinema. Mes also contributed to the anthology The Cinema of Japan and Korea. He also regularly contributes audio commentaries and liner notes to DVD releases of Japanese films worldwide.
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must May 23, 2008
this book is a must for all tsukamoto fans.contains all the info you want to know about the man and his work.as a bonus you get a bunch of profesional high quality photos about his movies.i red this in just one day..gripping and full!!
Informative Apr 19, 2007
Mes seems to find the perfect blend of delivering information and criticism in an enjoyable fun to read manner. Its a rare and pleasent experience when I can devour a crit book like I would a standard novel. While Agitator, his book on Miike, focused more on the individual films and their effect/genre/crit, Iron Man seems to be more about the person and thought process behind the films. It puts a nice fresh spin on things.
Another winner from Mes. May 18, 2006
Tom Mes, Iron Man: The Cinema of Shinya Tsukamoto (FAB Press, 2005)
Shinya Tsukamoto makes very good, very odd films. He became something of an overnight sensation in underground cinema with his first theatrical release, Tetsuo: The Iron Man, and it's all been uphill from there. Tom Mes, author of the previous Agitator: The Cinema of Takashi Miike, has written the first comprehensive critical work on Tsukamoto, and, like Agitator, it is a must for the library of any fan of Japanese film.
As with Mes' previous book, Iron Man is sectioned up film by fil, taking a close look at each both on its own and also within the greater scope of the themes that run through all of Tsukamoto's films. It's fascinating to see how Tsukamoto's own obsessions shape each film on which he works in the same way it was seeing how Miike's themes worked, and Mes is just as adept at teasing the underlying symbolism here as he was there. A must-own for Tsukamoto fans, and highly recommended for anyone interested in film criticism. ****