It is often difficult to describe the technological powerhouse that is TETSUO: THE IRON MAN. Japanese filmmaker Shinya Tsukamoto gives the viewer very little direction when it comes to the narrative, focusing less on the dialog and characters than on the insane visuals. Although it isn't easily discernible, the plot involves a business man that drifts in and out of an industrial nightmare, where his body begins absorbing the metal object around him while turning him into a mechanical monstrosity. These horrifying visions are inter-cut with blurred memories of a terrible hit and run accident where he was left the victim, but which of these two worlds represents reality, and which is just a dream? TETSUO is filmed with a fevered pace and hyper-kinetic energy that explodes on-screen, engulfing the audience in a sea of wires and steel. The mangled bodies of metal and flesh immediately draw to mind the works of David Cronenberg (particularly VIDEODROME), while the rough black and white filming and crude but effective animation can't help but recall David Lynch's ERASERHEAD. Despite these similarities, Tsukamoto proves to be an inventor in his field, and he has created a style and energy that has gone unmatched through the TETSUO series.
If you liked TETSUO: THE IRON MAN, check out:
PI, VIDEODROME, ERASERHEAD.