While this sequel is similar in tone and theme, creatively it falls desperately short of the mind-fuck that is TETSUO: THE IRON MAN. A family man turns into a vengeful metallic assassin after his son is kidnapped by a cybernetic gang led by a crazed scientist. What ensues is a cyberpunk battle between the organic machine men, with crazy visuals and a hyper-kinetic pace. Though the film is still very experimental in style, Tsukamoto focuses much more on character and story development as compared to the previous film. There is a clear and concise plot, but it feels much more like an average Anime robo-battle than his typical on-screen insanity. The costume design and special FX have certainly received an upgrade, with plenty of action and gore. The problem with these advancements is that they take away from the raw, gritty, and often disturbing aspects of the original film. BODY HAMMER is a decent followup, and will definitely appeal to fans of crazed robot action, it is just much more grounded and generic than its predecessor.
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