A strange man known only as the "metal fetishist", who seems to have an insane compulsion to stick scrap metal into his body, is hit and possibly killed by a Japanese "salaryman", out for a... See full summary »
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Michael V. Gazzo
A strange man known only as the "metal fetishist", who seems to have an insane compulsion to stick scrap metal into his body, is hit and possibly killed by a Japanese "salaryman", out for a drive with his girlfriend. The salaryman then notices that he is being slowly overtaken by some kind of disease that is turning his body into scrap metal, and that his nemesis is not in fact dead but is somehow masterminding and guiding his rage and frustration-fueled transformation. Written by
Serdar Yegulalp <firstname.lastname@example.org>
dialogue? narrative? plot? any recognisable storytelling of any kind?
How can I explain "Tetsuo Iron Man" hum.. a few words spring to mind but I have no wish to be banned from this website so I will Keep those to myself. Its takes the basic "technology takes over" theme that is so common in contemporary Japanese sci-fi films like "the Ghost in the Shell" but fails to explain how and why it is doing so and therefore loses the intelligent philosophy that makes this brand of sci-fi so great. In fact it fails to explain anything so you will sit on the sofa in a state of confusion that will not lessen on repeated viewings until you come to realise as I have that there is no reasoning behind this film.
Take "Akira" without any character development whatsoever, minus the amazing action action sequences, minus Otomo's skill at directing and scriptwriting, lose the detailed world in which it takes place, replace the Japanese drums and naked voice soundtrack with good old fashioned industrial and of course replace the Cristal clear animation with grainy black and white that looks like it was shot with a nineteen thirty's handicam and you have "Tetsuo, Iron Man!"
Basically the plot is the same, Tetsuo has a traffic accident with someone who has unusual powers, develops those powers, kill his girlfriend in a grotesque manner then an orgy of violence and manga style metamorphosis ensues. However while "Akira" discussed the dynamics of tetsuo and Kanada's friendship and has additional themes and sub plots of a repressive government regime, a city in revolution and the nature of god "Tetsuo" just depicts the main character running around in circles for an agonising 60 minute's. I believe it omitted anything else as there were no other characters or events.
If this wasn't enough the editor was clearly unsure about the order in which the scenes were intended to go (if indeed they were intended to go in any particular order) so they were simply spliced into one second shots and shuffled like a deck of cards so that each shot barely corresponds to the once which precedes it.
Try as I might I cannot understand why this film has had such a positive reception from the various websites I have encountered, so I assume that there must be an audience for films where loosely related scenes are jumbled together like a Spanish paella (and I mean no offence to those of you to do like to watch films without narrative) But I can't help thinking that Tsukamoto's "masterpiece" Tetsuo takes all the worst elements from Manga like the flashing lights and unexplained morphing and put them in a live action film that doesn't include any of the good elements that make manga great or for that matter any good elements in the slightest.
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