Tetsuo: The Iron Man
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Tetsuo: The Iron Man is a 1989 Japanese film by cult film director Shinya Tsukamoto. This, his third film, is an extremely graphic but also strikingly-filmed fantasy shot in the same low-budget, underground-production style as his first two films. Tetsuo established Tsukamoto internationally and created his worldwide cult. It was followed by the less memorable Tetsuo II: Body Hammer.
The film opens with a man (called only "the man" (Tetsuo is a common name in Japan), or sometimes the "Metal Fetishist") tearing open a massive gash in his leg and shoving in a piece of scrap metal. Upon seeing maggots festering in the wound, he screams, runs out into the street, and is hit by a car. The driver of the car (cult actor Taguchi Tomorowo) tries to cover up the mess by dumping the body into a ravine, but the dead man comes back to haunt him -- by forcing his body to gradually metamorphose into a walking pile of scrap metal. In one of the film's most controversial sequences, the man discovers his penis has mutated into a gargantuan power drill. The film ends with a duel between the man and the Fetishist with the pair transformed into a giant mutated monster.
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