Asia and the Pacific Screens
Tetsuo II: Body Hammer 鉄男Ⅱ
5:15pm - 7:00pm
30 Aug 2013
Lecture Theatre 1, Hedley Bull Centre (130), corner of Garran Road and Liversidge Street, ANU
Director Tsukamoto Shinya 塚本晋也
1992, 83 mins
Japanese with English subtitles
Shot around the densely urbanized Tokyo landscape of concrete and steel, Tetsuo II is a classic 1990s cyberpunk film in the sci-fi (kaijû)/horror genre from the auteur director Tsukamoto Shinya (1960- ).
Having acquired a significant cult following, Tetsuo II was pioneering in its fusion of stop-motion animation with live drama. The film revolves around a typical young family in Tokyo. When Taniguchi’s son is kidnapped by a gang, Taniguchi transforms from mild-mannered businessman into a steroidal industrial-scale human metal weapon. When he confronts the gang leader, Taniguchi and his wife are forced to learn the truth of his primal anger and uncontrollable aggression.
Seamlessly weaving dream, reality and memory, Tetsuo II is a darkly humorous allegory that questions the national, homo-social and industrial construction of the will to power at the level of the human body.
The film screening will be followed by a short discussion.
School for Culture, History and Language, ANU
This film is part of the monthly film series Asia and the Pacific Screens, sponsored by the Australian Centre on China in the World.