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The crazed energy of Tsukamoto,
This review is from: Tokyo Fist [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Once seen never ever forgotten. Made after the Second Tetsuo film, Tsukamoto turns his visual experimentation and furious energy onto boxing. You'd think that would have calmed him down, wrong. The violence of the boxing has an intense explosive quality, when a nasty punch connects Tsukamoto has faces exploding with gore and the same kind of disgusting stop motion that punctuated Tetsuo. The use of colour and a pounding industrial soundtrack also aid in creating a intimidating aura of Tokyo.
Extreme is the word that describes this film best: extremely unforgettable imagery, extreme relationships with Tokyo and an extreme resolution. The final few minutes is a sequence of insane and graphic imagery, this is no easy resolution to an uneasy film. No one makes film like this guy, either in Japan or in the world, Cronenberg is the closest contemporary but he is placid in comparison. Tokyo Fist is a great film approachable to a select few, but its one that I wont be rushing back to for a very long time, if ever, this is the definition of a one time only deal. A proposition that is all too common with the work of Tsukamoto.