Tetsuo: The Iron Man
Japan, 1989, 67 minutes, SD
Tetsuo: The Iron Man Synopsis

This surreal, Cronenberg inspired nightmare by cult-filmmaker Shinya Tsukamoto earns its status as one of the most disturbing movies ever made.


A "metal fetishist", driven mad by the maggots wriggling in the wound he's made to embed metal into his flesh, runs out into the night and is accidentally run down by a Japanese businessman and his girlfriend. The pair dispose of the corpse in hopes of quietly moving on with their lives. However, the businessman soon finds that he is now plagued by a vicious curse that transforms his flesh into iron.


“…hyperkinetic pacing and wildly contorted acting” - The New York Times

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Reviewed by montybrando
Insane, exhausting but completely unique and certainly worth a watch for anyone who has even a passing interest in challenging cinema. The effects may seem dated now but they have... more
Insane, exhausting but completely unique and certainly worth a watch for anyone who has even a passing interest in challenging cinema. The effects may seem dated now but they have a tangible, tactile element to them that is both technically impressive and disturbing. Unfortunately, you may get a little lost in the story at times and the pace is fairly relentless. At 67 minutes it's concise and it needs to be, there's a lot going on and you're bound to get pretty tired. Definitely recommended for cinema enthusiasts and those looking for something a little radical, casual film watchers beware.
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