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1 July 1989 (Japan) See more »
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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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Manga-influenced man vs. machine Japanese scifi film with a razor-sharp visual style See more (123 total) »

Cast

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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 
 
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Shin'ya Tsukamoto  writer

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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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Runtime:
67 min | Argentina:69 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival) | 77 min (extended cut)
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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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Featured in The Kirishima Thing (2012)See more »

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22 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Manga-influenced man vs. machine Japanese scifi film with a razor-sharp visual style, 30 November 2005
Author: Ham_and_Egger from Indianapolis, Indiana

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.

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