Tetsuo 1 – The Iron Man (1989)

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Avg Rating: 4.5 / 5. Voted: 28

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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.

Jimothy
Jimothy
Reply to  Jim
August 2, 2021 9:25 pm

It all starts with someone wanting to achieve something he wasn’t physically designed to achieve (ie modifying his leg with iron to “become” an elite runner). This piece of film is of supreme quality! 10 stars out of 5. If you can follow the ideas presented by the director and his team, you are a reliable opinion. My view: The movie is an expression of a stance/opinion regarding technological innovation. Specifically, it is a self-aware exaggeration of the possible consequences of technological growth. Supporting my view with a couple of summarized scenes (with a lot of detail unexpressed): a) Being… Read more »

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

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