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Film Series : From Asia, With Love

Tetsuo: The Iron Man


1989, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Japan, 67 min.
With Tomôro Taguchi, Shin'ya Tsukamoto

Show Times

  • Tue, Feb 11th 6:00pm

"A ferociously original 16mm nightmare that stands in a league of its own."—Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle

"67 of the most relentlessly intense minutes in recent film history."—Richard Harrington, Washington Post

Tsukamoto's cyberpunk cult classic unleashes a non-stop barrage of metallic mutation and mayhem. A diabolical metal fetishist (Tsukamoto) who envisions an all-metal future crosses paths with a horn-rimmed salaryman (Taguchi) who will unwittingly serve as a pioneer into the hard new world of steel and iron. Flesh merges with pipes, wires, nuts, bolts, and all manner of metallic detritus in ever more grotesque configurations, including a drill-shaped phallus that serves as the centerpiece of one of the most demented sex scenes ever filmed. Shot in gritty 16mm b&w on a shoestring budget, the film's junkyard bricolage fuses elements of Cronenberg body horror, ERASERHEAD-era Lynch, Svankmajer stop-motion, and GODZILLA-style pop-apocalyptic slugfests. In Japanese with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)

Note: Contains explicit sex and violence.

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