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Tetsuo: The Iron Man(鉄男)

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Japan · 1989
1h 7m
Director Kei Fujiwara
Starring Tomorowo Taguchi, Kei Fujiwara, Nobu Kanaoka, Shinya Tsukamoto
Genre Horror, Science Fiction

Driven mad by the pain of a maggot-infested wound in his thigh, a sadomasochistic metal fetishist (Shin'ya Tsukamoto) is struck by a salaryman's car as he darts wildly into the street. Instead of dying, however, the salaryman (Tomorowo Taguchi) endures a strange and gruesome transformation, one which turns his flesh into metal.

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Conner Dejecacion Profile picture for Conner Dejecacion

This film is not for the faint of heart. Thankfully, it's only 67 minutes long, not because it's bad, but because I don't know if I could stomach any more of it. The grotesquerie of machine and flesh and sex and violence is visceral in a way few films can match, but the body horror serves as a chilling commentary on urban decay and the dangers of technological progress and obsession.

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