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Shinya Tsukamoto was born in Tokyo on New Year’s Eve of 1960. He is one of the most radical and innovative of independent Japanese filmmakers: he began his career in the 1980’s as an advertiser, but soon founded the underground theatre company ‘Kaiju’ with which he produced his first dramas and made his first films. In 1987, as an emerging new artist, he won the Grand Prize at the Pia Film Festival of Tokyo with Denchu kozo no boken (Adventures of Electric Rod Boy), a short science-fiction film shot in Super-8. In 1988 he made his first feature-length film, Tetsuo (Tetsuo: The Iron Man), the story of how a man mutates into biomechanical being, which soon became an international cult film and won many international awards in fantasy film festivals, just like its sequel, Tetsuo II: Body Hammer (1992). In 1995 Tsukamoto won the two major awards of the Young People’s Jury at the Locarno Film Festival for Tokyo Fist. Since 1998 his films have been regularly invited to the Venice Film Festival: the desperate obsessive Bullet Ballet was screened in the Prospettive section; the following year the period film Sôseiji (Gemini) was presented in the Cinema del Presente section, while the voyeuristic erotic nightmare Rokugatsu no hebi (A Snake of June) appeared in the Controcorrente section in 2002 and won the Special Jury Prize. Tsukamoto returned to Venice in 2004 with Vital, starring Tadanobu Asano, then in 2009 with the highly anticipated third chapter of Tetsuo: The Bullet Man proposed in a memorable midnight screening, and in 2011 with the surreal and visionary horror film Kotoko, which won the Orizzonti prize.
1998 – Bullet Ballet – Prospettive (actor, cinematography, screenplay, director)
1999 – Soseiji (Gemini) – Cinema del Presente section (cinematography, screenplay, director)
2002 – Rokugatsu no hebi (A Snake of June) – Controcorrente section (actor, cinematography, screenplay, director)
2004 – Marebito – Venezia 61 Cinema Digitale (actor)
2004 – Vital – Orizzonti section (cinematography, screenplay, director)
2009 – Tetsuo: The Bullet Man – In Competition (actor, cinematography, screenplay, director)
2011 – Kotoko – Orizzonti section (actor, cinematography, screenplay, director)

2002 – Rokugatsu no hebi (A Snake of June) – Special Jury Prize
2011 – Kotoko – Orizzonti Award

1997 – Corto Cortissimo
2005 – Orizzonti


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