A surreal and funny action film that's sort of a cyberpunk retelling of Kafka's The Metamorphosis. Only in this version we get to see the transformation from ordinary citizen (in this case, a standard-issue briefcase-toting Salaryman) to monster (an amorphous combination of flesh and metal).
Combining a driving industrial soundtrack with an amphetamine-laced action movie, an undercurrent of violent eroticism and threads of black humor worthy of Lynch or Bu–uel, director Shinya Tsukamoto pulls off something Hollywood finds an almost impossible task: creating a film that's both accessible and also capable of showing you things you've never seen before.
Tetsuo: The Iron Man
Shinya Tsukamoto, director
Fox Lorber Video
419 Park Ave. S.,
New York, NY 10016
Graphic: Tetsuo 2: The Body Hammer
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I got to meet and spend several days with Tetsuo's director Shinya Tsukamoto when he came to DC for a showing of the film at the 1992 Filmfest DC. In Tetsuo, Shinya himself plays the part of the "Metal Fetishist." At a party I hosted after the showing, I asked him, through an interpreter, if he himself was a metal fetishist. He sat thinking for a moment, burst out laughing, and said "Maybe so...(pause)...YES...I guess I am!"
- Gareth Branwyn
Tsukamoto told me that some of his primary influences were David Lynch, cyberpunk SF, Japanese animation (especially Akira whose main character is named Tetsuo), and Survival Research Labs.
Doctor: There's a piece of metal stuck in your brain. I can't believe you're still alive! What genius inserted it? You'll die if it is removed. Think of it as jewelry.
Fetishist: Your future is metal!