Tetsuo II: Body Hammer | Chicago Reader

Tetsuo II: Body Hammer

Writer-director-art director Shinya Tsukamoto lit, shot, edited, and costars in this 1992 follow-up to his Tetsuo: The Iron Man. After his son is menaced by bad guys, a man (Tomoroh Taguchi) whose childhood traumas have apparently caused him to become cyberhuman when angered is exploited by an evil experimenter, who turns him into a ridiculous being with a lot of gun barrels and what look like pieces of concrete coming out of his body. Occasionally the movie's images are strung together with a fleeting industrial lyricism, but it's only when they're more abstract than representational that these montages are remotely interesting. With some fairly hard-core gore and so much loud noise—the few quiet scenes are mixed at almost whisper level so the volume of others can be shocking without being intolerable—this assault on the senses is surprisingly soporific.

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