Tetsuo 1 – The Iron Man (1989)


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 usually pisses you off.

2 thoughts on “Tetsuo 1 – The Iron Man (1989)

  • April 13, 2019 at 11:53 am

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

  • July 13, 2019 at 11:12 am

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


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