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Shinya Tsukamoto at the Premiere of Paramount Pictures 'Silence' held at Directors Guild Of America - West Hollywood, California, United States - Thursday 5th January 2017

Shinya Tsukamoto
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Silence Trailer


Father Sebastião Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Father Francisco Garrpe (Adam Driver) are Portuguese Jesuit priests who set out on a dangerous mission to Japan in a bid to find their mentor Father Cristóvão Ferreira (Liam Neeson) who has been missing for sometime. It's the seventeenth century, and despite what the Bible might say about the importance of spreading the Christian word of God throughout the world, there are just some places on this Earth that brutally forbid it. Needless to say, Ferreira has been ousted from the church to which he belongs after publicly denouncing his faith to save his own life. Rodgrigues and Garrpe are about to discover just how violent the world can be towards everything that they've ever worked for when they arrive in Japan. Surely there is no test of faith that can match the journey that lies ahead for them.  

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Ichi The Killer Review


Essential
Twenty minutes into Takashi Miike's latest, visceral opus Ichi the Killer, I had to stop the film in fear of going mad from the mayhem I was witnessing. A violent opera of sadism filled with mutilated yakuza, masochistic prostitutes, and innocent victims caught up in a swath of incendiary revenge, Ichi the Killer is nothing short of a masterpiece -- and a challenging one.

Takashi Miike is no stranger to producing disturbing, genre-busting, and gut-wrenching cinematic treats like the Dead or Alive series, Audition, and Visitor Q. Watching a Miike film is akin to tossing the works of Billy Wilder, John Ford, Werner Fassbinder, Clive Barker, and David Cronenberg into a blender on puree mode. Then throw the mix against the wall, wipe it up with a sponge, and squeeze it onto fresh celluloid.

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Bullet Ballet Review


Very Good
Life is funny sometimes. Like when your girlfriend kills herself and, in spite of your overwhelming desire for revenge, you end up allying yourself with the thugs who drove her to it. But this is just the sort of frenzied path of self destruction writer/director Shinya Tsukamoto thrives on.

Goda (Shinya Tsukamoto), a mild-tempered Tokyo ad executive, has lost his love. While he was busy building his career, she was busy building a double life in the dark underbelly of the urban gangland of drugs, violence, and prostitution. And as Goda's career was on the rise, his girlfriend's life slipped beyond his grasp. Confused and alone, the ad exec drops out of his comfortable world on an obsessive search for the same fate.

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Tetsuo Review


Good
Shinya Tsukamoto's Tetsuo: The Iron Man is a "medium sized monster" production. So says a title card in the slow credit scrawl for what has come to be thought of as the ultimate "industrial" film. The "medium sized monster" could refer to just about anything: a man (the medium sized Godzilla), the film itself (a brisk 67 minutes), or the country of Japan. Or it could just be some snide joke. But I think it hints at something more, something inherent to the film and to Japanese culture at large. It is the regimented industrialization of Japanese commerce and culture that is monstrous in Tetsuo. It is the bleak skyline and the hawsers and conduits and telephone wires that blanket the country like spider webs. It is the steady pulse of machine rhythm that is slowly, but surely, replacing the steady heartbeat of nature. It is the repulsion and the attraction of industrial life.

Tetsuo begins with a metal fetishist (director Tsukamoto) cutting open his thigh and inserting a cable into the gaping wound. The fetishist is then promptly run over by an office worker (Tomorowo Taguchi) heading home for the day. The next morning, the office finds several metal whiskers growing from his cheek. Soon his entire body is wrapped in a metal flesh and it draws him towards an apocalyptic showdown with the metal fetishist, who is now, like the office worker, a giant ambulatory pile of rusted metal.

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A Snake Of June Review


OK
Bullet Ballet director Shinya Tsukamoto turns to perversity and blackmail with the oddly titled A Snake of June, a black and white (or more accurately, blue and white) mystery that will first catch your eye, then have you scratching your head.

It starts with a demure Japanese woman who receives a letter in the mail, inscribed "Secrets of your husband." Inside are photographs of her in a tart outfit and -- gasp -- wearing makeup. Hubby wouldn't approved, so when the blackmailer calls on her cell phone, ordering her to go buy a vibrator and lock herself in a bathroom stall with it, she obliges.

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