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To enjoy our content, please include The Japan Times on your ad-blocker's list of approved sites. Screening in competition at this year's Venice Film Festival, "Killing" is veteran provocateur Shinya Tsukamoto's first venture into the samurai genre. Made, like most of Tsukamoto's films, on a tiny budget and tight schedule, it does not attempt the scale of classics like "Seven Since his early films, such as "Tetsuo: The Iron Man" and "Tetsuo II: Body Hammer" , pioneered the cyberpunk genre with a crazed energy and invention, Shinya Tsukamoto has had a reputation as Japanese cinema's outlaw.

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An avant-garde, black-and-white art film about a man who painfully turns into metal, it introduced the world to a new breed of highly creative Japanese filmmaking in the wake of one of the most barren decades in the history of Japanese cinema. So closely is Tsukamoto tied to this moment that he is known almost exclusively for this single text. He remains an enduring presence at international film festivals to this day, attending the screening of his most recent film Killing at Venice in before returning the following year as a member of the Jury. A genuine auteur, he not only writes and directs his films but also produces, edits, and acts in them.

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In addition to starring in almost all his films, Tsukamoto has also appeared as an actor in films by other directors, including Martin Scorsese , Takashi Miike and Hideaki Anno. Tsukamoto began making films at age 14, when his father gave him a Super 8 camera. Tsukamoto then started up a theatre group, which soon included Kei Fujiwara , Nobu Kanaoka and Tomorowo Taguchi , all of whom would continue to work with Tsukamoto up through the filming of Tetsuo: The Iron Man. At the end of production, Tsukamoto did not want to waste all the effort they had put into building the set, so he decided to shoot a film version.