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Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989)

Tetsuo (original title)
Not Rated | | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi | 1 July 1989 (Japan)
A businessman accidentally kills The Metal Fetishist, who gets his revenge by slowly turning the man into a grotesque hybrid of flesh and rusty metal.

Director:

Shin'ya Tsukamoto
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tomorô Taguchi ... Man
Kei Fujiwara ... Woman
Nobu Kanaoka ... Woman in Glasses
Shin'ya Tsukamoto ... Metal Fetishist
Naomasa Musaka Naomasa Musaka ... Doctor
Renji Ishibashi ... Tramp
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Storyline

Mad with pain by the festering wound in his thigh, an extreme sado-sexual "Metal Fetishist" dashes out into the street, and is accidentally hit by the car of a white-collar worker and his girlfriend. But, strangely, instead of dying, the salaryman finds himself before a mysterious and agonisingly majestic transformation--one that twists and bends the pliable human flesh, inextricably intertwining it with the strong and cold iron. Now, there is no turning back, and nothing can stand in the way of the glorious final mutation. Is this the beginning of a new era? Written by Nick Riganas

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Genres:

Fantasy | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Portions of the film are used as a music video for Machine Gun by Portishead. See more »

Quotes

Metals Fetishist: Together, we can turn this fucking world to rust!
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Crazy Credits

(after end credits) GAME OVER See more »

Alternate Versions

Tetsuo The First Cut is an extended version released on DVD, running 10 minutes longer than the original 67 minute running time. See more »

User Reviews

Super artsy
25 June 2020 | by briancham1994See all my reviews

This is a very artsy and experimental film that is full of disturbing and phantasmagorical images. It is difficult to watch and follow at times. Best viewed as an experiment.


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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1 July 1989 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Tetsuo: The Iron Man See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| | (extended cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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