Saturday, July 25, 2009

Tetsuo: the Iron Man

Wow.This is possibly one of the best movies I've ever seen. Japanese art house, avant garde dealing with metal fetishes...spoiler alert....the story is about a regular salary man who commits a hit and run against a metal fetishist, who lives in an industrial jungle of bits and pieces of cast metal, with pipes and machinery surrounding him. In revenge, the fetishist commands the metal to take over the body of the salary man. It's a virtual pornography of industry, with the salary man encountering a manifestation of Kali as a metal encrusted sexual demon, who eventually fucks him in the ass with a pipe. Steel=sex in this, and the man in question is confronted with the repressed sexual urges that he has. Shot in grainy black and white, with no dialogue, or at least little dialogue, and that dubbed in, and with insanely good special effects, Tetsuo: the Iron Man is one of the few films that I've seen on DVD that I've actually felt like clapping after.

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