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Iron Man: The Cinema of Shinya Tsukamoto
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"Tom Mes is a welcome beacon of sanity. He provocatively argues that Tsukamoto is one of Japan's truly original film-makers. A respectful, honest account that will make Tsukamoto the envy of every other Japanese director."

—Jonathan Clements
co-author of The Anime Encyclopedia and The Dorama Encyclopedia

Table of contents

"What I Know About a Man Named Shinya Tsukamoto" by Takashi Miike

Shinya Tsukamoto's Metal Vitality

Chapter 1: Monster Boy
Shinya Tsukamoto's youth in 1960s Tokyo, steeped in pop culture, anime, monster movies and ghost stories. Plus his first attempts at filmmaking with his father's 8mm camera.

Chapter 2: Savage Theatre
In a hand-made tent in the shape of a sea monster, Tsukamoto and his Kaiju Theater company performed their underground plays all over Tokyo.

Chapter 3: The Phantom and the Brat
A close-up look at his much talked-about, but little seen short films The Phantom of Regular Size and The Adventure of Denchu Kozo.

Chapter 4: Metallic K.O. - Tetsuo: The Iron Man

Chapter 5: Hunting Demons - Hiruko the Goblin

Chapter 6: Return to Metal - Tetsuo II: The Body Hammer

Chapter 7: Fists, Fury and Feminism - Tokyo Fist

Chapter 8: The Black Hole - Bullet Ballet

Chapter 9: Taking a Stroll - Gemini

Chapter 10: Rainy Season - A Snake of June

Chapter 11: The Tell-Tale Heart - Vital

Chapter 12: Like Going Fishing
On Tsukamoto's work as an actor, in films by Takashi Miike, Takashi Shimizu, Teruo Ishii and others.

Epilogue. Tetsuo Strikes Back
Exclusive revelations about the ongoing saga of Tetsuo…

A complete filmography, including all his early 8mm works, theater plays, feature films and acting appearances. With cast and crew details, Japanese titles (with kanji), running times, tech specs and more.

Shinya Tsukamoto films on DVD
Detailed information on all existing DVD releases of Tsukamoto's films, with info on region coding, subtitles, extra features, etc.

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