by Chris MaGee
We at the Pow-Wow have obviously been very excited about the news of a third installment of Shinya Tsukamoto's "Tetsuo" films ever since it was announced in May (you can read our full coverage here). Originally masking as a film called "Bullet Man" that Tsukamoto was casting Western actors for this third Tetsuo film, thus far simply titled "The Tetsuo Project" apparently takes his most famous creation into the 21st-century. Photographer, filmmaker, and voice actor Eric Bossick has been cast as the man-turned-machine in "The Tetsuo Project" and Tsukamoto has aimed at making this film "a distortion of 'Blade Runner' or the 'Alien' series." How will this "distortion" end up looking? How does Bossick's character relate to the previous two Tetsuo incarnations? So many questions are circulating about this film, but it looks like many of these questions will be answered very shortly by Shinya Tsukamoto himself.
Word comes directly from producer Keiko Kusakabe that Tsukamoto will be on hand at the San Diego Comic-Con this Thursday, July 23rd at 1:00 PM to discuss "The Tetsuo Project" and to premiere exclusive new footage from the film. A teaser has been put together for this appearance featuring one new image of Bossick in character, as well as the URL for the official website for the film www.tetsuo-project.jp/ which at this point has yet to go live.
Talk about buzz! Next to Yojiro Takita's "Departure's winning Best Foreign-Language Film at the Oscars "The Tetsuo Project" is probably the biggest news going at the moment in Japanese cinema. If you're in California and a fan of Japanese film then get yourself to Comic-Con to be among the very first to check this out!