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Directed by Shin'ya Tsukamoto

Japan 1989 67 mins. In Japanese

When buttoned-up worker “the Salaryman” (Tomoroh Taguchi) accidentally hits the “Metal Fetishist” (director Shin’ya Tsukamoto) with his car, he contracts a metallic infection that begins to transform him into a man formed entirely of scrap iron. This 1989 feature was marketed initially as a descendant of the two Davids (Cronenberg and Lynch), but with Tetsuo: The Iron Man, Tsukamoto displays a unique visual flair and an unwillingness to present anything less than an unfiltered and fetishistic apocalyptic vision of the future on screen. “As much as Darren Aronofsky’s Pi references this film (some shots seem like direct lifts), Tetsuo is indebted to David Lynch’s waking nightmare to procreation, Eraserhead. Indeed, one could look at all three films as kind of a trilogy, each one an individual take on the society of its time.” —Bill Gibron, DVD Talk.

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