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Tetsuo: The Iron Man 18 rating

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.

Fantasy 1988 67 mins

Director: Shinya Tsukamoto

Overview

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.