Shinya Tsukamoto

Tsukamoto Shinya

  • Name: Tsukamoto Shinya
  • Native name: 塚本晋也
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: January 1, 1960
  • Age: 64
In 1986 a new film blasted to the centre of Japanese cinema, gaining international acclaim with its singularly inventive style and cataclysmic violence. Shinya Tsukamoto directed this 16-mm sci fi horror called Tetsuo - a story of a human being who becomes a monster of metal. This radical auteur quickly established his place as one of the most original and compelling filmmakers in Japan. He also contributed to the body horror genre predominated by the films of David Cronenburg.

Born in Shibuyu Tokyo on New Years Day 1960, Tsukamoto’s enthusiasm for film began with the Super-8 format at the tender age of fourteen. In the late 1970’s he built mobile theatres in Tokyo to showcase his work. Graduating from the fine arts department of Nihon University he spent four years working for a commercial film studio before leaving to pursue his ambitions in the theatre, beginning his own troupe, the ‘Kaijyu’ (phantom). He soon returned to film production, gaining success with Tetsuo and taking a second intuitive look at the same subject with Tetsuo II Body Hammer this time on a much larger scale in spectacular colour, which made excellent use of his experimental and provocative ideas.

Tsukamoto brings an electric energy to the screen increasingly pushing his characters into situations of intense trauma, unafraid of presenting the viewer with imagery and narrative that explores the darker side of the psyche - it’s capability for violence and destruction. Exciting and intriguing he approaches the subject of body mutations with a fresh subversive eye, self-mutilation and the metamorphosis of both body and intellect are just some of the themes explored in his work. In Iron man the main protagonist battles through Paranoia and hallucinatory states of mind as metal ravages his physical body. In a ‘A Snake of June’ the female attains her sexual peak of freedom after being traumatised by a stranger who is threatening to blackmail her.

Tsukamoto’s editing skills are uniquely his own; he skilfully communicates the movement and speed of the human body. He captured the force and energy of the boxer in ‘Tokyo Fist’, a bloody and potent analysis of boxing. In ‘Bullet Ballet’ a man searches for retribution, after the violent suicide of his girlfriend he becomes fixated with the image and power of the gun. Merging many styles and influences, Tsukamoto adds a fascinating complexity to his work; from animation techniques that echo the work of Jan Svankmajer and the strangeness of David Lynch, to styles showing his theatrical expertise. An accomplished actor himself, Tsukamoto appears in many of his films, as well as an appearance in Ichi the Killer directed by Miike Takashi.

Unconventional and provocative Tsukamoto possesses an incredibly fertile imagination. All of his films possess a twisted kind of beauty; this is a cerebral filmmaker who adds a visceral edge to all of his pictures; he is quite capable of exerting your senses to the point of exhaustion. If you are interested in surreal and challenging cinema that punches hard below the belt and conveys its story with razor-sharp artistry, than Tsukamoto delivers all you could want and more. -- © 2004 [email protected] Edit Biography
Screenwriter & Director
Year Title Type Rating
2023 Shadow of Fire
Movie
0.0
2018 Killing
Movie
6.4
2015 Nobi
Movie
6.7
2012 Kotoko
Movie
7.1
2010 Kaidan - Horror Classics
Drama
7.1
2009 Tetsuo: The Bullet Man
Movie
5.9
2008 Nightmare Detective 2
Movie
7.0
2007 Nightmare Detective
Movie
6.9
2005 Haze
Movie
6.2
2005 Female
Movie
6.4
2004 Vital
Movie
7.1
2003 A Snake of June
Movie
6.6
1999 Soseiji
Movie
7.0
1998 Bullet Ballet
Movie
7.2
1995 Tokyo Fist
Movie
7.1
1992 Tetsuo 2 : Body Hammer
Movie
6.8
1991 Hiruko the Goblin
Movie
7.0
1989 Tetsuo: The Iron Man
Movie
7.2
1987 The Adventure of Denchu-kozo
Movie
6.7
1986 The Phantom of Regular Size
Movie
7.1
Drama
Year Title # Role Rating
2023 Sugisaki Hana no Satsukyu
Japanese Drama, 2023, 6 eps
[Shopkeeper] (Ep. 2) (Guest Role)
6
[Shopkeeper] (Ep. 2)
Guest Role
7.4
2022 Hirowareta Otoko
Japanese Drama, 2022, 10 eps
[Himself] (Support Role)
10
[Himself]
Support Role
7.8
2022 17-sai no Teikoku
Japanese Drama, 2022, 5 eps
Suzuhara (Guest Role)
5
Guest Role
7.4
2021 Okaeri Mone
Japanese Drama, 2021, 120 eps
Tanaka Kazuhisa / Tom [Master of a jazz cafe] (Support Role)
120
Tanaka Kazuhisa / Tom [Master of a jazz cafe]
Support Role
8.2
2021 Hankei 5 Metoru
Japanese Drama, 2021, 9 eps
Izumi Yoji (Ep. 3) (Guest Role)
9
Izumi Yoji (Ep. 3)
Guest Role
8.1
2020 MIU 404
Japanese Drama, 2020, 11 eps
Kurata Yasunori [Illegal user of the luggage compartment] (Ep. 7) (Guest Role)
11
Kurata Yasunori [Illegal user of the luggage compartment] (Ep. 7)
Guest Role
8.5
2019 Idaten
Japanese Drama, 2019, 47 eps
Soejima Michimasa [IOC member] (Support Role)
47
Soejima Michimasa [IOC member]
Support Role
8.1
2018 dele
Japanese Drama, 2018, 8 eps
Sasamoto Seiichi (Ep. 7) (Guest Role)
8
Sasamoto Seiichi (Ep. 7)
Guest Role
8.4
2018 Hanbun, Aoi
Japanese Drama, 2018, 156 eps
Professor Usagawa (Week 9) (Guest Role)
156
Professor Usagawa (Week 9)
Guest Role
7.9
2017 4-go Keibi
Japanese Drama, 2017, 7 eps
Shibuya Kenichi (Ep. 6) (Guest Role)
7
Shibuya Kenichi (Ep. 6)
Guest Role
7.5
2016 Gou Gou, the Cat 2: Good Good The Fortune Cat
Japanese Drama, 2016, 5 eps
(Unknown)
5
Unknown
8.0
2011 Carnation
Japanese Drama, 2011, 151 eps
Haraguchi Takeshi (Support Role)
151
Haraguchi Takeshi
Support Role
7.9
2009 Saka no Ue no Kumo
Japanese Drama, 2009, 13 eps
Colonel Akashi Motojiro (Support Role)
13
Colonel Akashi Motojiro
Support Role
7.9
2008 Full Swing
Japanese Drama, 2008, 6 eps
Saburo Ohta (Support Role)
6
Saburo Ohta
Support Role
2.0
2007 Sexy Voice and Robo
Japanese Drama, 2007, 11 eps
Hayashi Takeo (Support Role)
11
Hayashi Takeo
Support Role
7.3
2006 Seibutsu Suisei WoO
Japanese Drama, 2006, 13 eps
Nagakura Taizo (Support Role)
13
Nagakura Taizo
Support Role
0.0
2002 Shiritsu Tantei Hama Mike
Japanese Drama, 2002, 12 eps
(Ep. 11) (Guest Role)
12
(Ep. 11)
Guest Role
10.0
1997 Hesitation of Love
Japanese Drama, 1997, 11 eps
Koike Shinichi (Support Role)
11
Koike Shinichi
Support Role
0.0
Movie
Year Title Role Rating
2023 Shin Kamen Rider
Japanese Movie, 2023,
Midorikawa Hiroshi (Support Role)
Midorikawa Hiroshi
Support Role
7.8
2021 DIVOC-12
Japanese Movie, 2021,
{Yumemi's half-life} [Mini theater manager] (Support Role)
{Yumemi's half-life} [Mini theater manager]
Support Role
7.8
2021 The Asian Angel
Japanese Movie, 2021,
(Support Role)
Support Role
6.6
2021 Kiba: The Fang of Fiction
Japanese Movie, 2021,
Takano Tamio (Support Role)
Takano Tamio
Support Role
7.4
2018 Killing
Japanese Movie, 2018,
Sawamura Jirozaemon (Support Role)
Sawamura Jirozaemon
Support Role
6.4
2018 Utamonogatari: Cinema Fighters Project
Japanese Movie, 2018,
{Canaria} (Bit part)
{Canaria}
Bit part
7.1
2016 Over the Fence
Japanese Movie, 2016,
(Bit part)
Bit part
7.0
2016 Shin Godzilla
Japanese Movie, 2016,
Kazama Kunio (Support Role)
Kazama Kunio
Support Role
7.7
2015 Nobi
Japanese Movie, 2015,
Private Tamura (Main Role)
Main Role
6.7
2013 Mata, Kanarazu Aou to Dare mo ga Itta
Japanese Movie, 2013,
Sosuke Akiyama (Support Role)
Sosuke Akiyama
Support Role
8.0
2012 Kotoko
Japanese Movie, 2012,
Seitaro Tanaka (Main Role)
Main Role
7.1
2009 Tetsuo: The Bullet Man
Japanese Movie, 2009,
[Guy] (Support Role)
[Guy]
Support Role
5.9
2007 Welcome to the Quiet Room
Japanese Movie, 2007,
[Asuka's Ex-husband] (Support Role)
[Asuka's Ex-husband]
Support Role
7.3
2007 Nightmare Detective
Japanese Movie, 2007,
"0" (Support Role)
"0"
Support Role
6.9
2005 Haze
Japanese Movie, 2005,
(Main Role)
Main Role
6.2
2004 Otakus In Love
Japanese Movie, 2004,
Noro (Support Role)
Noro
Support Role
6.7
2004 Marebito
Japanese Movie, 2004,
Masuoka (Main Role)
Main Role
6.6
2003 A Snake of June
Japanese Movie, 2003,
Iguchi (Main Role)
Main Role
6.6
2002 A Woman's Work
Japanese Movie, 2002,
Kazuya (Main Role)
Kazuya
Main Role
6.0
2001 Ichi the Killer
Japanese Movie, 2001,
Jijii (Support Role)
Jijii
Support Role
7.2
2001 A Drowning Man
Japanese Movie, 2001,
Tokio (Main Role)
Tokio
Main Role
6.2
2001 Blind Beast vs. Killer Dwarf
Japanese Movie, 2001,
Detective Kogoro Akechi (Main Role)
Detective Kogoro Akechi
Main Role
6.0
2001 Chloe
Japanese Movie, 2001,
Eisuke (Support Role)
Eisuke
Support Role
6.5
2001 Quartet for Two
Japanese Movie, 2001,
Yuuenchi no otoko (Support Role)
Yuuenchi no otoko
Support Role
7.1
2000 Dead or Alive 2: Birds
Japanese Movie, 2000,
Higashino [Magician] (Support Role)
Higashino [Magician]
Support Role
7.5
2000 Sunday's Dream
Japanese Movie, 2000,
Sakamoto (Unknown)
Sakamoto
Unknown
0.0
1999 The Perfect Education
Japanese Movie, 1999,
Moriyama (Support Role)
Moriyama
Support Role
6.5
1998 Wait and See
Japanese Movie, 1998,
[Doctor] (Support Role)
[Doctor]
Support Role
6.7
1998 Bullet Ballet
Japanese Movie, 1998,
Goda (Main Role)
Goda
Main Role
7.2
1996 Some Kinda Love
Japanese Movie, 1996,
Kanzaki (Support Role)
Kanzaki
Support Role
0.0
1995 Tokyo Fist
Japanese Movie, 1995,
Tsuda Yoshiharu (Main Role)
Tsuda Yoshiharu
Main Role
7.1
1994 119
Japanese Movie, 1994,
Masaaki Tomita (Support Role)
Masaaki Tomita
Support Role
8.0
1994 The Most Terrible Time in My Life
Japanese Movie, 1994,
Yamaguchi (Main Role)
Yamaguchi
Main Role
7.2
1992 Tetsuo 2 : Body Hammer
Japanese Movie, 1992,
Yatsu (Support Role)
Yatsu
Support Role
6.8
1989 Tetsuo: The Iron Man
Japanese Movie, 1989,
Metal Fetishist (Main Role)
Main Role
7.2
1986 The Phantom of Regular Size
Japanese Movie, 1986,
(Main Role)
Main Role
7.1
Special
Year Title # Role Rating
2022 Showa Kayo Musical Mata Au Hi Made
Japanese Special, 2022, 1 eps
[Traveller] (Support Role)
1
[Traveller]
Support Role
7.4
2018 This Comic is Amazing
Japanese Special, 2018, 12 eps
(Ep. 8) (Support Role)
12
(Ep. 8)
Support Role
7.2
2016 Tokyo Trial
Japanese Special, 2016, 4 eps
Takeyama Michio (Support Role)
4
Takeyama Michio
Support Role
7.0
2006 Basic Tsukamoto
Japanese Special, 2006, 1 eps
[Himself] (Main Role)
1
[Himself]
Main Role
0.0
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Tsukamoto Shinya

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  • First Name: Shinya
  • Family Name: Tsukamoto
  • Native name: 塚本晋也
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: January 1, 1960
  • Age: 64

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