Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989)

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  • Release Date:  1989
  • Genre:  Splatter
  • Director:  Shin’ya Tsukamoto
  • Screenwriter:  Shin’ya Tsukamoto
  • Cast & Crew: Tomorô Taguchi, Kei Fujiwara, Nobu Kanaoka, Shin’ya Tsukamoto, Naomasa Musaka, Renji Ishibashi

Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989) Rating:

  • Ronan = 8 / 10;
  • Raoul = 5 / 10;
  • IMDB = 7 / 10

Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989) Synopsis:

The fate of a man who gets infected by a strange disease that slowly turns him into a machine.

Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989) Review:

This film, listed as horror science-fiction, is in fact hardly a movie at all. Instead, it is an accumulation of strange, psychedelic scenes. It contains a story, of course, the one of a man who gradually transforms into a machine and loses control of himself. But in the end, the experience of watching Tetsuo is best described as a collection of feelings, ranging from disgust to surprise and queasiness.

Thereee are almost no words in the all film, but it is largely compensated by a great use of the music and a crazy panel of sound effects. The film is short (65minutes) but very intense. Like other Japanese punk gore films of the same type (Rubber Lover, Pinocchio964, etc.) this film is really weird and contain lots of extreme scenes that are directly aimed at shocking the viewer.

In the end, I appreciated this film for what it was, a disgusting and psychedelic trance, more like a bad dream rather than a proper film, but an interesting experience nevertheless.

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