Tetsuo 1 – The Iron Man (1989)

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Avg Rating: 4.3 / 5. Voted: 44

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AKA: Tetsuo – The First Cut
Year: 1989
Directed by: Shinya Tsukamoto
Starring: Tomoro Taguchi (Man), Kei Fujiwara (Woman), Shinya Tsukamoto (First Man)
Country: Japan, Asian Cinema
Language: Japanese (English Subs)
Runtime: 01:07:17
Genres: Bizarre-Surreal, Body Modification, Self-Harm, Sexual-Violence against Men, Gore-Gruesome, Sci-Fi

Plot – Spoilers:
Scrap metal mutant humans!

A man inserts an iron pipe into his thigh after carving it open. The result shocks him and he runs into the streets wildly, where he is hit by a car. The driver of the car and his girlfriend hide the body in the woods and celebrate it with some outdoors sex. But soon, the driver develops a metal pimple which bursts gore when he tries to examine it. This is just the beginning of his descent into a spiral of paranoia and transformation. The first guy also turns up for a final confrontation. In between though, you have some delightful scenes of metal mutation set to some nice industrial music – like when the girlfriend develops a metal-snake-cock and cavorts around before sodomizing the guy, and some cool stopmotion-type scenes set in suburban streets.

At just over an hour, this is a surreal experience that most can afford, even if the bizarre, under normal circumstances, pisses you off.

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Jim
Jim
April 13, 2019 11:53 am

Well, that was a…different. To say the least.

Michael
Michael
July 13, 2019 11:12 am

Awsome and Visceral, the weirdest cinema I’ve ever seen

Ralph Nadir
Ralph Nadir
December 31, 2020 6:35 am

This is a romance and you can’t tell me otherwise. Some of the best outsider-art cinema ever.

izzy
izzy
March 2, 2021 9:29 pm

bro i deadass nearly cried when he shoved that metal thing in his leg :(( why have i come to this site

izzy
izzy
March 2, 2021 9:50 pm

okay changed my mind !! i thought it was funny when that lady had a mf iron strap on, i will watch this again but skip the scary bits <3 hope ur having a nice day queen ! drink water, eat some food n remember to have some time away from ur screens bubs <3

fawnik
fawnik
March 15, 2021 7:32 am

Very surreal. I didn’t get what was going on half the time but it was very well done. The stop-motion was a nice touch as well

7/10

APE
APE
May 24, 2021 2:04 am

You want a taste of my sewage pipe?

Zed Man
Zed Man
August 12, 2021 10:12 am

Started to watch this and 15 mins into it I turned off. Didnt get it, made no sense to me. More a sci-fi theme than anything, just not to my taste. Yet to see a good Japanese film eventhough I have seen a few here. Maybe they just make crap films?

SEISMIC808
SEISMIC808
October 3, 2021 11:37 am

bro really decided that fucking his girlfriend was more important than fixing the giant chunk of scrap metal in his arm lmao

k0MORi
k0MORi
October 31, 2021 2:07 pm

this was a deez nuts moment

GoreWhore
GoreWhore
February 14, 2022 3:24 am

Very cool and weird loved the soundtrack too

Meow
Meow
October 11, 2022 3:40 pm

Awesome, loved the gore

UnkleJoey
UnkleJoey
October 11, 2022 8:19 pm

This isn’t Marvel 😨