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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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(108 articles)
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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

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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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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18 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
An insane cyberpunk masterpiece!!!, 28 July 2005
Author: NateManD from Bloomsburg PA

"Tetsuo: the Iron Man" is utter chaos. Shinya Tsukamoto has created a strange world of metal fetishists and human decay. To make it all the more insane, it's filmed at the pace of a speed adrenaline rush. An office worker slowly transforms into a mutated metal creature after cutting himself shaving. Wires, drills, cables and steel burst from his face and body. And who can forget the giant metal drill penis? The office worker faces off with a villain who has a metal fetish. The villain enjoys sticking metal objects in himself. The film turns into a battle to the finish between the two men. "Tetsuo" has to be one of the strangest films ever made. Stranger than both "Eraserhead" and "Begotten". It's fast pace style can be later seen in films like PI. Thank God, this film is in black and white; it's extremely graphic!

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