films seen
19
average score
3.89*
nationality
Japan - 60 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
Specifics
Japan [1989] - 69 mins
Genre
Cyberpunk
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rating
5.0*/5.0*
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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
Specifics
Japan [2004] - 86 mins
Genre
Drama, Mystery
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rating
5.0*/5.0*
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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

Tetsuo: The Bullet Man

by Shinya Tsukamoto
Specifics
Japan [2009] - 71 mins
Genre
Cyberpunk
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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Tetsuo: The Bullet Man poster

Usually negative feedback lowers people's expectations (which is a good thing), in this case many potential viewers seemed to dismiss this film completely without even giving it a fair chance.

A Snake of June

by Shinya Tsukamoto
Also known as
Rokugatsu no Hebi
Specifics
Japan [2002] - 77 mins
Genre
Drama, Mystery
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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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
Also known as
Zan
Specifics
Japan [2018] - 80 mins
Genre
Drama, Action
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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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.

Tokyo Fist

by Shinya Tsukamoto
Also known as
Tokyo Ken
Specifics
Japan [1995] - 87 mins
Genre
Drama
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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Tokyo Fist poster

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

Haze

by Shinya Tsukamoto
Specifics
Japan [2005] - 49 mins
Genre
Horror, Mystery
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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Haze poster

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

Kotoko

by Shinya Tsukamoto
Specifics
Japan [2011] - 91 mins
Genre
Drama, Mystery
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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Kotoko poster

Kotoko is another work of love.

Gemini

by Shinya Tsukamoto
Also known as
Soseiji
Specifics
Japan [1999] - 83 mins
Genre
Mystery
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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Gemini poster

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

Fires on the Plain

by Shinya Tsukamoto
Also known as
Nobi
Specifics
Japan [2014] - 87 mins
Genre
War
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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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
Also known as
Akumu Tantei 2
Specifics
Japan [2008] - 94 mins
Genre
Mystery
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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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.

Nightmare Detective

by Shinya Tsukamoto
Also known as
Akumu Tantei
Specifics
Japan [2006] - 106 mins
Genre
Horror
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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.

Bullet Ballet

by Shinya Tsukamoto
Specifics
Japan [1998] - 87 mins
Genre
Thriller
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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.

Solid pieces

Tetsuo II: Body Hammer

by Shinya Tsukamoto
Specifics
Japan [1992] - 83 mins
Genre
Sci-fi, Horror
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Tetsuo II: Body Hammer poster

Adventures of Electric Rod Boy

by Shinya Tsukamoto
Also known as
Denchu Kozo no Boken
Specifics
Japan [1987] - 47 mins
Genre
Comedy, Sci-fi, Horror
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rating
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
Also known as
Ayashiki Bungo Kaidan
Specifics
Japan [2010] - 163 mins
Genre
Horror
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rating
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
Also known as
Fîmeiru
Specifics
Japan [2005] - 118 mins
Genre
Drama
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Female poster

Dubious filler

Hiruko the Goblin

by Shinya Tsukamoto
Also known as
Yôkai Hantâ: Hiruko
Specifics
Japan [1991] - 89 mins
Genre
Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
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rating
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, Kim Ki-duk, Shinya Tsukamoto
Specifics
USA [2013] - 120 mins
Genre
Documentary
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
Venice 70: Future Reloaded poster