Japan 2020: Tetsuo - The Iron Man

Japan 2020: Tetsuo - The Iron Man

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Director:
Shinya Tsukamoto
Cast:
Shinya Tsukamoto, Tomoro Taguchi, Kei Fujiwara, Nobu Kanaoka, Naomasa Musaka
Details:
67 mins, 1988, Japan
Primary language:
English

Shinya Tsukamoto's wild cyberpunk tale of a businessman's agonising transformation into a walking scrap heap is a jaggedly dehumanised vision of the future.

Shot with a single 16mm camera on a shoestring budget, Shinya Tsukamoto's wild tale of a businessman's agonising transformation into a walking scrap heap after carelessly hitting an unhinged metal fetishist with his car single-handedly defined the Japanese cyberpunk sub-genre.

With dialogue kept to a minimum, Tetuso's preoccupations are notably more physical than they are emotional, resulting in a jaggedly dehumanised vision of the future that is as visually inventive as it is wilfully grotesque.