Plot & Details
An hour-long feature from Japanese director Shinyu Tsukamoto, Tetsuo (also known as Tetsuo: The Iron Man) tells a horrific, cyberpunk-influenced science fiction tale about the intersection of man and post-industrial technology. The central character is a Japanese salary man, an average office worker who is transformed by a brief encounter with a metals fetishist, a man who has purposefully implanted pieces of scrap metal in his body. The salary man soon begins sprouting pieces of metal from various parts of his body, a change which is accompanied by increasingly nightmarish visions and bizarre, metal-filled sexual fantasies. As the man evolves into a strange hybrid of man and machine, he also develops a telepathic connection with another of his kind: the metal fetishist, who has been undergoing a similar conversion, and may indeed be the cause of the salary man's transformation. The two engage in a violent, destructive battle throughout the streets of Tokyo, accompanied by an appropriately industrial soundtrack. Shot on a small budget in 16 millimeter black-and-white, Tsukamoto reprised many of the images and plot elements of Tetsuo in a higher-budgeted sequel, Tetsuo II: Body Hammer.
- MPAA Rating: Not Yet Rated
- Genre(s): Art and Experimental,Horror,Thriller
- Run Time: 67min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 07/01/1992
- DVD Release Date: 04/01/1998
- Distributor(s): Origianl Cinema
- Director(s): Shinya Tsukamoto
- Starring: Tomoroh Taguchi , Kei Fujiwara , Shinya Tsukamoto , Naomasa Musaka
- Themes: Mind Games,Technology Run Amok,Mutants
- Tone: Atmospheric,Enigmatic,Tense,Cerebral,Hallucinatory,Gruesome,Stylized
- Keywords: accident,bionics,cybernetics,cyborg,factory,fetish [sexual],hit-and-run,implant,iron [metal],monster,robot,sexuality,surrealism,tissue [biology],transformation,violence,worker
- Language: Japanese