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67 minutes · 1989

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An exceptionally kinky and violent Japanese experimental feature by Shinya Tsukamoto (1989) that's a prime candidate for midnight cult status. The dialogue is minimal, but the principal meanings are clear enough: this is a highly fragmented, frequently pixilated account of a man and woman, both partially transformed into metal, copulating and mutilating each other with passion and energy. Basically a surreal heavy-metal fantasy like the Mad Max pictures, with gory, slimy textures that recall Eraserhead, and over the top in every respect, Tetsuo: The Iron Man contains enough frenetic motion that you probably won't be bored, though you may find yourself worn out before the 67 minutes are over. This is obviously not for every taste—but if you like it, there's a fair chance you'll like it a lot.
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