Tetsuo: The Iron Man

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An hour-long feature from Japanese director Shinyu Tsukamoto, Tetsuo also known as Tetsuo: The Iron Man tells a horrific, cyberpunk-influenced science fiction tale about the intersection of man and post-industrial technology. The central character is a Japanese salary man, an average office worker who is transformed by a brief encounter with a metals fetishist, a man who has purposefully implanted pieces of scrap metal in his body. The salary man soon begins sprouting pieces of metal from various parts of his ...
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An hour-long feature from Japanese director Shinyu Tsukamoto, Tetsuo also known as Tetsuo: The Iron Man tells a horrific, cyberpunk-influenced science fiction tale about the intersection of man and post-industrial technology. The central character is a Japanese salary man, an average office worker who is transformed by a brief encounter with a metals fetishist, a man who has purposefully implanted pieces of scrap metal in his body. The salary man soon begins sprouting pieces of metal from various parts of his body, a change which is accompanied by increasingly nightmarish visions and bizarre, metal-filled sexual fantasies. As the man evolves into a strange hybrid of man and machine, he also develops a telepathic connection with another of his kind: the metal fetishist, who has been undergoing a similar conversion, and may indeed be the cause of the salary man's transformation. The two engage in a violent, destructive battle throughout the streets of Tokyo, accompanied by an appropriately industrial soundtrack. Shot on a small budget in 16 millimeter black-and-white, Tsukamoto reprised many of the images and plot elements of Tetsuo in a higher-budgeted sequel, Tetsuo II: Body Hammer.
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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
An over-the-top study in urban nightmares and body horror, Japanese auteur of the grotesque Shinya Tsukamoto's Tetsuo: The Iron Man in a nonstop barrage of nerve-shredding, mind-splitting surrealism that serves as a jarring analysis of the paranoia of industrialization. The constant manipulation of multiple cinematic techniques, including film-speed and stop motion, coupled with the film's fever-pitched assault on the senses, creates a consistently unsettling aura of impending doom reminiscent of David Lynch's Eraserhead, punched up with the frenetic aesthetic of Sam Raimi, and rounded out with the intensely graphic physical horrors of David Cronenberg. Equally discordant is the grating and vivid sound scheme, crackling and pounding with the searing sounds of scraping metal and rending tissue, easily as assaulting on the ears as the film's visual scheme is on the eyes; this is one film in which covering their eyes during the more graphic displays will by no means shield viewers from the audacious atrocities that may become too much for some to bear. Difficult to endure and impossible to forget, the film will leave a lasting impression on those who subject themselves to its cognitive horrors, searing itself into not only your mind, but into your entire consciousness.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/12/2005
  • UPC: 842498030165
  • Original Release: 1989
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  • Source: Tartan Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White / DTS
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: Japanese
  • Time: 1:07:00
  • Format: DVD

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Performance Credits
Tomoroh Taguchi Salaryman
Kei Fujiwara Salaryman's Girlfriend
Shinya Tsukamoto Young Metals Fetishist
Naomasa Musaka Doctor
Renji Ishibashi Tramp
Nobu Kanaoka Woman in Glasses
Technical Credits
Shinya Tsukamoto Director, Art Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Producer, Screenwriter, Special Effects
Kei Fujiwara Cinematographer, Costumes/Costume Designer
Chu Ishikawa Score Composer
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