Iron Man: The Cinema of Shinya Tsukamoto (英語) ペーパーバック – 2006/6/15
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Unleashed with the now legendary black and white cyberpunk masterpiece Tetsuo: The Iron Man, Shinya Tsukamoto is one of Japan's leading filmmakers. With visual assaults like Tetsuo II: The Body Hammer, Tokyo Fist and Bullet Ballet he gained a worldwide following and paved the way for the international breakthrough of Japanese cinema. Despite his fame he remains fiercely independent, financing, writing, shooting, directing and often also starring in his own films. Shinya Tsukamoto is literally uncompromising.
Fully authorised by the director and featuring first hand accounts from many of his close collaborators, Iron Man: The Cinema of Shinya Tsukamoto is a fascinating and in-depth look at the life and work of an intense, groundbreaking filmmaker who counts Quentin Tarantino, Tsui Hark, novelist William Gibson and The Matrix directors The Wachowski Brothers among his most loyal fans. Illustrated with hundreds of stills, behind-the-scenes pictures and rare photographs from Tsukamoto's private collection. Plus a complete filmography with cast and crew credits, and detailed information on DVD availability.
Tom Mes is the author of the widely praised book Agitator: The Cinema of Takashi Miike (also from FAB Press) and co-author, with Jasper Sharp, of The Midnight Eye Guide to New Japanese Film. He is the founder and editor of MidnightEye.com, the world's foremost publication on Japanese cinema. Mes also contributed to the anthology The Cinema of Japan and Korea. He also regularly contributes audio commentaries and liner notes to DVD releases of Japanese films worldwide.
Shinya Tsukamoto makes very good, very odd films. He became something of an overnight sensation in underground cinema with his first theatrical release, Tetsuo: The Iron Man, and it's all been uphill from there. Tom Mes, author of the previous Agitator: The Cinema of Takashi Miike, has written the first comprehensive critical work on Tsukamoto, and, like Agitator, it is a must for the library of any fan of Japanese film.
As with Mes' previous book, Iron Man is sectioned up film by fil, taking a close look at each both on its own and also within the greater scope of the themes that run through all of Tsukamoto's films. It's fascinating to see how Tsukamoto's own obsessions shape each film on which he works in the same way it was seeing how Miike's themes worked, and Mes is just as adept at teasing the underlying symbolism here as he was there. A must-own for Tsukamoto fans, and highly recommended for anyone interested in film criticism. ****
tom mes è veramente brillante.
No matter how many five-star films he may make in his career, Tsukamoto will likely always be remembered as the director of Tetsuo: The Iron Man, and thus referred to as a master of cyberpunk. However, his filmography and this book make it very clear that his interests go far beyond the cyberpunk genre. He is, I think, one of the most original filmmakers in the world, and one of the most successful at blending violence/body horror with unique human issues/topics like feminism, depression, jealousy, and social decay.
Tom Mes of midnighteye.com puts together an excellent book, detailing Tsukamoto's youth in theatre, as well as in depth coverage on his films, with interviews from Tsukamoto, casts, and staff. The book also features some nice, rarely seen BTS photos. The one issue I have with the book is not really the book's fault; at this point, the book is a little dated. The last film covered in detail is 2004's Vital. This leaves out recent films like Haze, Nightmare Detective 1 & 2, Tetsuo: The Bullet Man, and Kotoko. If an updated second edition one day became available, I'd be happy to add it to my collection. In the meantime, Mes' reviews for some of the recent Tsukamoto films can be found on midnighteye.com, as well as a nice 2011 interview with the director.