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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.

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Shin'ya Tsukamoto
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tomorô Taguchi ... Man
Kei Fujiwara ... Woman
Nobu Kanaoka ... Woman in Glasses
Shin'ya Tsukamoto ... Metal Fetishist
Naomasa Musaka Naomasa Musaka ... Doctor
Renji Ishibashi Renji Ishibashi ... Tramp
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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>

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Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1 July 1989 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Tetsuo, the Iron Man See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| | (extended cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was based on a play that Shin'ya Tsukamoto had written, directed and performed in college. See more »

Quotes

Metals Fetishist: Together, we can turn this fucking world to rust!
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Crazy Credits

(after end credits) GAME OVER See more »

Alternate Versions

Tetsuo The First Cut is an extended version released on DVD, running 10 minutes longer than the original 67 minute running time. See more »

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How'd they get my nightmare on film?
23 September 2002 | by InzyWimzySee all my reviews

Wow. Unreal. You know what it feels like to bite down on aluminum foil or hearing chalk scratch on a blackboard through Bose speakers over and over again? This resembles what a viewing experience you'll have watching Tetsuo.

Trippy, bizarre, surreal. The sequence of events are just mind boggling that it's a bit trying to take it all in at once. The black and white definitely shows a very gritty, bleak environment and there's great use of dark color tones and shadow. Add some manic performances, great camera angles, and a very raw hardcore soundtrack which just intensifies the insanity even more. Definitely have to give it to the design crew because their attention to detail adds to the overall weirdness. There's even a love story in it too!

Very cool flick.


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