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A strange man known only as the "metal fetishist", who seems to have an insane compulsion to stick scrap metal into his body... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Tomorowo Taguchi ... Man
Kei Fujiwara ... Woman
Nobu Kanaoka ... Woman in Glasses

Shin'ya Tsukamoto ... Metal Fetishist
Naomasa Musaka ... Doctor
Renji Ishibashi ... Tramp

Directed by
Shin'ya Tsukamoto 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Shin'ya Tsukamoto  writer

Produced by
Shin'ya Tsukamoto .... producer
Original Music by
Chu Ishikawa 
Cinematography by
Kei Fujiwara 
Shin'ya Tsukamoto 
Film Editing by
Shin'ya Tsukamoto 
Art Direction by
Shin'ya Tsukamoto 
Costume Design by
Kei Fujiwara 

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Also Known As:
"Tetsuo" - Japan (original title)
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67 min | Argentina:69 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival) | 77 min (extended cut)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Based on a play that Shin'ya Tsukamoto had written, directed, and performed in college.See more »


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19 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
True Surreal Cinema, 22 August 2004
Author: deddude9988 from Vista, California, USA

I heard about this movie reading a comic book magazine in elementary school. It piqued my interest and I searched for it on video for rental for several months before finding it. Also included on the video was a short film entitled "Drum struck" which didn't interest me at all. The real meat was Tetsuo.

The "plot" of this film revolves around a businessman (who apparently like to have sex with his girlfriend in public places and film it) who is involved in a hit and run auto accident with a metal fetishist. Soon the man appears to be hallucinating about people sprouting metal appendages until it begins to happen to him. Chunks of scrap metal grow like cancerous tumors. Soon, they're not random scraps but working appliances such as drills. If this isn't bad enough he soon finds out the man he hit (played by the director of the film) is in fact alive and rather peeved.

Absolutely insane violence permeates the film which retains its punch through the black and white film.

The review I read about this film compared it to Eraserhead (A film I still have not seen) which I believe says a lot about Eraserhead. To compare it to a film I've seen I'd say it reminds me of "Un Chien Andalou" with about three more lines of dialog and a lot more gore and violence.

I also recommend the sequel Tetsuo II: Body Hammer. It's similar but bigger. Color, dialog, etc.


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