films seen
19
average score
3.89*
nationality
Japan - 62 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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The undisputed king of Japanese cyberpunk cinema. A real renaissance man who wrote, shot, edited, directed and even acted in many of his own films. If you like your films raw and undiluted, Tsukamoto's oeuvre is a real treasure trove.

Beyond exceptional

Tetsuo: The Iron Man

by Shinya Tsukamoto
1989 / 69m - Japan
Sci-fi, Horror
Tetsuo: The Iron Man poster

Tsukamoto's Tetsuo is an almost perfect cyberpunk endeavor, sporting lush black and white visuals and a superb industrial soundtrack, while providing a nerve-wrecking and overwhelming experience.

Vital

by Shinya Tsukamoto
2004 / 86m - Japan
Drama, Mystery
Vital poster

This is a typical Japanese drama infused and enriched with plenty of Tsukamoto goodness. The result is haunting, morbid, poetic and beautiful all at once.

Rare treats

Haze

by Shinya Tsukamoto
2005 / 49m - Japan
Horror, Mystery
Haze poster

Haze is a landmark in Tsukamoto's oeuvre. The possibilities of DV allowed him to go back to his roots.

A Snake of June

by Shinya Tsukamoto
Rokugatsu no Hebi
2002 / 77m - Japan
Mystery
A Snake of June poster

Tsukamoto went through his own transformation when the previous millennium ended, A Snake of June is one of the films that illustrates that pretty well.

Killing

by Shinya Tsukamoto
Zan
2018 / 80m - Japan
Drama, Action
Killing poster

Starts off a little restrained, especially for a Tsukamoto film, but once it gets going it becomes an unstoppable force. Well acted, beautifully scored and largely defined by Tsukamoto's trademark camera work, Killing is a film that may be short and light on plot, but leaves a big impression nonetheless. Great stuff.

Tetsuo: The Bullet Man

by Shinya Tsukamoto
2009 / 71m - Japan
Sci-fi
Tetsuo: The Bullet Man poster

It bears the same charm and defects as the first Tetsuo and some very minor extra glitches, but the core is still there. An assault to the senses in pretty much every way possible.

Tokyo Fist

by Shinya Tsukamoto
Tokyo Ken
1995 / 87m - Japan
Thriller, Sport
Tokyo Fist poster

Tokyo Fist is somewhat of a forgotten Tsukamoto film, which is weird considering its many qualities.

Gemini

by Shinya Tsukamoto
Soseiji
1999 / 83m - Japan
Mystery
Gemini poster

Gemini could be considered a good entry-level Tsukamoto since his typical style isn't as demanding as in his other films.

Kotoko

by Shinya Tsukamoto
2011 / 91m - Japan
Drama, Mystery
Kotoko poster

Kotoko is another work of love.

Fires on the Plain

by Shinya Tsukamoto
Nobi
2014 / 87m - Japan
War
Fires on the Plain poster

This is not a very happy film, nor is it very subtle.

The good stuff

Nightmare Detective 2

by Shinya Tsukamoto
Akumu Tantei 2
2008 / 94m - Japan
Mystery
Nightmare Detective 2 poster

Nightmare Detective 2 might be his most commercial work to date, there is still plenty here to scare away the regular movie fan.

Bullet Ballet

by Shinya Tsukamoto
1998 / 87m - Japan
Thriller
Bullet Ballet poster

The second time around I was little let down by the acting performances of the secondary cast. For a film that puts more focus on drama than usually the case, that's somewhat of a problem.

Nightmare Detective

by Shinya Tsukamoto
Akumu Tantei
2006 / 106m - Japan
Horror
Nightmare Detective poster

It's still a great film though. Even a slightly watered down Tsukamoto film is way better than most of the J-Horror films released in the past 15 years.

Solid pieces

Tetsuo II: Body Hammer

by Shinya Tsukamoto
1992 / 83m - Japan
Sci-fi, Horror
3.5*/5.0*
Tetsuo II: Body Hammer poster

Adventures of Electric Rod Boy

by Shinya Tsukamoto
Denchu Kozo no Boken
1987 / 47m - Japan
Comedy, Sci-fi, Horror
3.5*/5.0*
Adventures of Electric Rod Boy poster

The inoffensive

Kaidan Horror Classics

by Masayuki Ochiai, Shinya Tsukamoto, Sang-il Lee, Hirokazu Koreeda
Ayashiki Bungo Kaidan
2010 / 163m - Japan
Horror
3.0*/5.0*
Kaidan Horror Classics poster

Decent anthology, sadly without stand-out entries. Kaidan stories aren't very scary or gory, so don't expect any modern horror action. Tsukamoto and Koreeda deliver the best entries, Lee's one is decent, the only subpar short is coming from Ochiai. Ironically, the only true horror director present.

Female

by Ryuichi Hiroki, Suzuki Matsuo, Miwa Nishikawa, Tetsuo Shinohara, Shinya Tsukamoto
Fîmeiru
2005 / 118m - Japan
Drama
3.0*/5.0*
Female poster

Dubious filler

Hiruko the Goblin

by Shinya Tsukamoto
Yôkai Hantâ: Hiruko
1991 / 89m - Japan
Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
2.0*/5.0*
Hiruko the Goblin poster

Big nopes

Venice 70: Future Reloaded

by Hala Abdallah, John Akomfrah, Catherine Breillat, Júlio Bressane, Rama Burshtein, Antonio Capuano, Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Isabel Coixet, Amiel Courtin-Wilson, Claire Denis, Lav Diaz, Amit Dutta, Atom Egoyan, Aleksey Fedorchenko, Frédéric Fonteyne, James Franco, Lluís Galter, Haile Gerima, Aleksey German, Amos Gitai, Sang-soo Hong, Benoît Jacquot, Zhangke Jia, Semih Kaplanoglu, Abbas Kiarostami, Yorgos Lanthimos, Pablo Larraín, Tobias Lindholm, Guido Lombardi, Jazmín López, Samuel Maoz, Pietro Marcello, Brillante Mendoza, Celina Murga, Amir Naderi, Shirin Neshat, Nicolás Pereda, Franco Piavoli, Giuseppe Piccioni, Edgar Reitz, João Pedro Rodrigues, Walter Salles, Paul Schrader, Ulrich Seidl, Luca Severi, Sion Sono, Jean-Marie Straub, Tusi Tamasese, Tariq Teguia, Pablo Trapero, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Teresa Villaverde, Bing Wang, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Andrew Wonder, Yonfan, Krzysztof Zanussi, Karim Aïnouz, Bernardo Bertolucci, Jan Cvitkovic, Davide Ferrario, Monte Hellman, Marlen Khutsiev, Milcho Manchevski, Franco Maresco, Salvatore Mereu, Ermanno Olmi, Michele Placido, Todd Solondz, Shekhar Kapur, Heeraz Marfatia, Ki-duk Kim, Shinya Tsukamoto
2013 / 120m - USA
Documentary
1.0*/5.0*
Venice 70: Future Reloaded poster