IFC takes 'Tetsuo the Bullet Man' for U.S.

Also takes second installment: 'Body Hammer'

PARIS -- IFC has taken aim at Japanese director Shinya Tsukamoto's "Tetsuo the Bullet Man" with the U.S. distributor snagging all North American rights plus TV, VOD and digital rights for the Middle East, the film's sales agent Coproduction Office said Friday.

The film, which is the third installment in Tsukamoto's "Tetsuo" series, held its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival after a different version screened at the 2009 Venice Film Festival.

Tsukamoto wasn't happy with the Venice version of the film so went back to the studio to produce the final version. "Now, I'm very much satisfied with how it has come out," he said, adding, "This project started as 'Tetsuo America' 17 years ago, so I am very glad that it will be released in the United States."

The film follows a half-American, half-Japanese office worker whose life changes when his son is killed in front of him in a hit-and-run accident and mutates into a rage-filled human weapon. IFC also bought North American distribution rights for 1992 title "Tetsuo the Body Hammer."
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