Tetsuo II: Body Hammer
Japan, 1992, 83 minutes, SD
Tetsuo II: Body Hammer Synopsis

The companion piece to the 1989 cult hit Tetsuo: The Iron Man sees Tsukamoto’s disturbing vision of a world populated by man-machines explode into a stunning colour interpretation.


When his child is kidnapped by a pair of skinheads, Tomoo's stress and anger triggers his transformation into a fearsome cyborg, a hybrid between a human being and a piece of high-powered weaponry. His new body attracts the attention of the leader of the skinheads -- who turn out to be cyborg mutants themselves. The leader (portrayed by Tsukamoto) performs several experiments on Tomoo, which accelerates his metamorphosis into an even more powerful, horrifically deadly sort of industrial creature.


“Tetsuo II doesn't rise (or stoop) to the level of conventional action or suspense; it's a design concept, a director's attempt to take some of the ideas in Blade Runner and some of the Arnold Schwarzenegger films and the Japanese animated films like Akira and extend them into grotesquerie.” - Roger Ebert

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