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Young Minori (Keinosuke Tomioka) is kidnapped. But why ?
To drive his father Taniguchi (Tomorowo Taguchi) so over the edge that
he grows weapons out of his body (he can do that) and - well goes
ballistic ... as a result, Taniguchi accidently shoots his own son.
A short timelater, Taniguchi's wife Kana (Nobu Kanaoka) is kidnapped,
for no other reason than to lure Taniguchi to the kidnapper, Yasu (Shinya
Tsukamoto), as Yasu wants Taniguchi to turn into an all powerful
destructive machine, and once Taniguchi is in his power, Yasu delivers the
right stimuli to go over the edge ... until the two men get into a fight,
with Taniguchi turning more and more into a warmachine while all Yasu can
do is growing weapons out of his hands and arms ... still, since Yasu is
the more versatile fighter they are about even and it takes quite a while
for Taniguchi to crush his opponent - but not before Yasu links their
brains and tells Taniguchi, who has forgetten everything about his
childhood, what actually happened back then: You see, Taniguchi and Yasu
were brothers, and their mad father (Sujin Kim) conducted experiments on
them that allowed them to turn into human weapons - which had quite a
disturbing effect on Taniguchi so he one night killed his parents using
his new powers ... then he forget everything, about being a human weapon
and about his childhood in general - until now of course ...
In the end, Taniguchi has turned into a giant warmachine and he submits
Yasu's followers to his will and prepares to go on a rampage ...
1989's Tetsuo: The Iron Man was
a revelation, a surreal blend of low budget monsterflicks and arthouse
cinema. This sequel, Tetsuo II: Body Hammer is way less special
than its predecessor though, the concept is no longer new by now, the film
tries way too hard to explain the things the first film has wisely left
open away in the typical sci-fi-way, and the edgyness of the original is
totally missing, giving way too way too perfectly designed fetishistic
images. That all said, Tetsuo II: Body Hammer is not a total
failure, it's wild, it's fast-paced, it features loads of action ... it's
just a sequel that the world could have done without ...