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After he has been run over by a car, a man (Tomorowo Taguchi) feels a
bit weird, mentally but above all else physically - because it seems he
starts to grow metal parts. Then on day he is attacked by a woman (Nobu
Kanaoka) who seems to grow metal parts as well, and for some reason
attacks him, rather out of the blue. The man can only just escape his
Back at home the situation gets worse and worse, especially when he
grows a giant drill where once his dick was. When he later makes love to
his girlfriend (Kei Fujiwara), she doesn't survive.
Eventually, the man finds out a few things about how he became what he
is: He was run over by a scientist (Renji Ishibashi), who is obviously
responsible for his mutation - and who had an affair with his girlfriend
... but that's all in the past, because in the present, the man is
attacked by a metal freak (Shinya Tsukamoto) who for some reason or other
shares his fate. The two of them engage in mortal combat, but during the
fight they somehow fuse into one being, a giant human-robot hybrid with
two heads that now prepares to take over the world ... and who is going to
stop it ?
Whatever you've seen so far, Tetsuo: The Iron Man is something
quite different: A blend of trashmovie and arthouse flick, a mix of
bizarre filmmaking à la early David Lynch, David Cronenberg's flesh
horror, sci-fi-manga mainstays and elements of bottom-of-the-barrell
monster movies and gore flicks, all mixed together by a fetishistic
direction that relies heavily on hand-held camera and crude special
effects ... and the result is nothing short of wonderful, a film that
hasn't lost any of its appeal and freshness even 18 years after it was