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16:00 - 1st January 2014, by Calum Waddell

Whatever came of The Bullet Man?

Still unreleased in the UK, and perhaps Tsukamoto's least well received movie to date, the third Tetsuo film is something of an enigma: but is it really that bad? NEO, unfortunately, is forced to answer 'yes': this full colour extension of the Tetsuo mythology offers little new, and is plagued by a dreadful, brain-aching soundtrack and humdrum body-horror visuals.

"The victim in this movie becomes half-android and half-human," states Tsukamoto, speaking to NEO about the movie. "But this also mirrors his personal identity because he is an American living in Japan with a Japanese wife. He is perhaps searching to find his way in a strange country - but I guess you could say that he gets more than he bargained for [laughs]. I was given a bigger budget to make this sequel, so I knew it had to be aimed at a wider audience. But there are still some elements from the first and second films - even if the intention of The Bullet Man is to make the Tetsuo universe more accessible to the general public. In fact, I hope it will be many people's introduction to the movies." Of course, this is unlikely to be the case as long as The Bullet Man remains stunted in distribution limbo!

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