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On Thursday, Ca' Foscari University of Venice began streaming a 24-second animated clip that Japanese cult film director Shinya Tsukamoto created for the Italian university's Ca' Foscari Cinema program. It is Tsukamoto's first work of animation.
Known by most for his cyberpunk work Tetsuo: The Iron Man and a series of other horror films, Shinya Tsukamoto has a considerable following both domestically and internationally. The animated short clip displays his trademark theme of body horror. In addition to his directing work, Tsukamoto acted in several projects such as the live-action adaptations of the Ichi the Killer and Sexy Voice and Robo manga.
Professor Maria Roberta Novielli of the Film Studies Department of the Ca Foscari University of Venice described the short as being "really intense, at an amazing high speed. It's very Tetsuo-like in genre and mood, and also a kind of homage to cinema itself." Hand-drawn by the director himself, the clip intended to "communicate the forthcoming changes in all the students' futures," Novielli said.