7.0/10
14,266
125 user 101 critic

Tetsuo, the Iron Man (1989)

Tetsuo (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 1 July 1989 (Japan)
A businessman accidentally kills The Metal Fetishist, who gets his revenge by slowly turning the man into a grotesque hybrid of flesh and rusty metal.

Director:

Reviews

IMDb at Comic-Con 2016

Visit our Comic-Con section to see what's trending, watch celebrity interviews, follow event coverage, browse cosplay photos, take our Fan IQ quizzes, and more.

Browse IMDb's Guide to Comic-Con

2 wins. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Sequel to "Tetsuo" this time has the Iron Man transforming into cyberkinetic gun when a gang of vicious skinheads kidnap his son. When the skinheads capture him, they begin to experiment on... See full summary »

Director: Shin'ya Tsukamoto
Stars: Tomorowo Taguchi, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Nobu Kanaoka
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Losing his son Tom in a hit and run triggers violent emotions in Anthony, whose body begins to transform. When the driver who killed Tom reappears, Anthony mutates into a mass of metal - a human weapon fuelled by an uncontrollable rage.

Director: Shin'ya Tsukamoto
Stars: Eric Bossick, Akiko Monô, Yûko Nakamura
Tokyo Fist (1995)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A businessman, Tsuda, runs into a childhood friend, Tajuki, on the subway. Tajuki is working as a semiprofessional boxer. Tsuda soon begins to suspect that Tajuki might be having an affair ... See full summary »

Director: Shin'ya Tsukamoto
Stars: Kaori Fujii, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Kôji Tsukamoto
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A man and woman fall into an erotic nightmare when they are stalked by a disturbed man.

Director: Shin'ya Tsukamoto
Stars: Asuka Kurosawa, Yûji Kôtari, Shin'ya Tsukamoto
Bullet Ballet (1998)
Crime | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A man sees his life changed for ever when his fiancee shoots herself. Baffled, he wants by all means to obtain such a weapon of destruction and he finds himself caught in a violent group of... See full summary »

Director: Shin'ya Tsukamoto
Stars: Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Kirina Mano, Tatsuya Nakamura
Gozu (2003)
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A yakuza enforcer is ordered to secretly drive his beloved colleague to be assassinated. But when the colleague unceremoniously disappears en route, the trip that follows is a twisted, surreal and horrifying experience.

Director: Takashi Miike
Stars: Yûta Sone, Shô Aikawa, Kimika Yoshino
Visitor Q (Video 2001)
Comedy | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A troubled and perverted family find their lives intruded by a mysterious stranger who seems to help find a balance in their disturbing natures.

Director: Takashi Miike
Stars: Ken'ichi Endô, Shungiku Uchida, Kazushi Watanabe
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of.

Director: Takashi Miike
Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Nao Ômori, Shin'ya Tsukamoto
Gemini (1999)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A successful doctor, Yukio's picture perfect life is gradually wrecked, and taken over by his avenging twin brother, who bumps off his family members one by one and reclaims his lover who is now Yukio's wife.

Director: Shin'ya Tsukamoto
Stars: Masahiro Motoki, Ryô, Yasutaka Tsutsui
Vital (2004)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

After a tragic car accident where his girlfriend Ryôko Ooyama (Nami Tsukamoto) died, Hiroshi Takagi (Tadanobu Asano) suffers amnesia with his memories completely blanked. When he sees a ... See full summary »

Director: Shin'ya Tsukamoto
Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Nami Tsukamoto, Kiki
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Hikari is a boy who is bullied and teased by the other boys at school because he has the odd distinction of having an electricity pole growing out of his back. However, one of his ... See full summary »

Director: Shin'ya Tsukamoto
Stars: Kei Fujiwara, Nobu Kanaoka, N. Senba
Fantasy | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Three people in Tokyo take a surreal voyage of self-discovery through memory and nightmares. "O" intends suicide while talking on a cell-phone with a stranger he meets on line who plans a ... See full summary »

Director: Shin'ya Tsukamoto
Stars: Ryûhei Matsuda, Hitomi, Masanobu Andô
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tomorowo Taguchi ...
Man
Kei Fujiwara ...
Woman
Nobu Kanaoka ...
Woman in Glasses
...
Metal Fetishist
Naomasa Musaka ...
Doctor
Renji Ishibashi ...
Tramp
Edit

Storyline

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 <syegul@ix.netcom.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1 July 1989 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Tetsuo, the Iron Man  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| | (extended cut)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Quotes

Metals Fetishist: Together, we can turn this fucking world to rust!
See more »

Crazy Credits

(after end credits) GAME OVER See more »

Connections

Remake of Futsû saizu no kaijin (1986) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Manga-influenced man vs. machine Japanese scifi film with a razor-sharp visual style
30 November 2005 | by (Indianapolis, Indiana) – See all my reviews

It's so visually striking that you could never fully describe Tetsuo in words. But here are a few that apply: Japanese, hyperactive, perverse, industrial, surreal, Faustian bargain, contrasty, black-and-white, Kafkaesque, scifi, stop-motion, manga-influenced, revenge, technology, alienation, supervillains.

Shinya Tsukamoto is an actor (he's the antagonistic "Metals Fetishist" here as well as Jijii in Ichi the Killer) as well as a ground-breaking writer/director/cinematographer. Tetsuo's influence can be seen clearly in directors as diverse as Darren Aronofsky, Takashi Miike, and even David Cronenberg.

There is definitely a plot, but due to the non-linear editing and sparsity of dialogue you'll need to pay close attention on a first viewing or else you'll be overwhelmed by the engrossing visual style (which might be a good thing). It's filmed in contrasty black-and-white. Each frame is cramped and chaotic, much of the time it's filled with wires, pipes, chain-link fences, and all the other incidental debris of life in the late 20th century... which suddenly seems significant and even menacing.

Towards the fifty-minute mark (it's 67 min. total) the willful excess starts to feel a little too excessive, perhaps the manga influence is a bit too strong. But Tetsuo finishes strong, with an end that's at once unexpected and inevitable. Highly recommended.


22 of 26 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I'm 8 minutes into the movie... All I can think is... Nine Inch Nails... fizzlesticks
Worst Movie Ever? ierkkila44
Other 'Industrial' movies? moritzge
Anti-Gay Message? flatlinebeforedeath
Can someone explain to me what really happened in this film? rustynail925
Why does everyone compare this movie to erasherhead? EL_TOPO_DEL-negro
Discuss Tetsuo, the Iron Man (1989) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?