Tetsuo: The Iron Man
1989, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Japan, 67 min.
With Tomôro Taguchi, Shin'ya Tsukamoto
- 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.