“Tetsuo: The Bullet Man” to play in U.S. theaters

It was recently announced that the first live-action “GANTZ” movie will be getting a wide release in the United States, but that won’t be the only Japanese action film playing in American theaters this January. On the same weekend that “GANTZ” opens, Shinya Tsukamoto’s “Tetsuo: The Bullet Man” will also begin a theatrical run, though on a smaller scale.

Whereas “GANTZ” is reportedly aiming to be shown in 300 theaters in the U.S., “Tetsuo: The Bullet Man” will play in a little over 10 major cities, including New York, Chicago, Detroit, and Denver.

Tsukamoto’s “Tetsuo” series has become a cult classic, starting with “Tetsuo: The Iron Man” in 1989 and the sequel “Tetsuo II: The Body Hammer” in 1992. While the third film, “Tetsuo: The Bullet Man,” is based on the same theme of a man transforming into machine and becoming a human weapon, it is the first in the series to be filmed in English, with American actor Eric Bossick as the star. The movie had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in 2009, and its U.S. premiere this past April as part of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

The North American distributor for “Tetsuo: The Bullet Man” is IFC Films. The movie is planned to open in theaters on January 21, 2011.


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