One of the most important names in contemporary Japanese cinema, Shinya Tsukamoto has done groundbreaking work in arousing international attention for Japanese film. When his still powerful, independently made, cyber-punk black-and-white horror film Tetsuo: the Iron Man toured an unprecedented number of festivals in the late 80s and early 90s, many Americans took great notice.
At home however, Tsukamoto has always kept a position in the margins. Despite doing the occasional, but always interesting, director-for-hire jobs (such as Hiruko the Goblin and Gemini), he has remained mostly independent, but when not still managed to incorporate his unique and very distinct style.
Commissioned as a short ‘bumper’ by the Ca’ Foscari Cinema in Venice, the director has just completed his first foray into animation, a bizarre and abstract hand drawn by Tsukamoto himself. Watch the animated short below.