Saturday, June 28, 2008
Shinya Tsukamoto's "Tetsuo: The Iron Man" (1989)
Tetsuo is a film that is stranger than a David Cronenberg film and David Lynch film put together. I know the comparisons between Shinya Tsukamoto's utterly brilliant visual feast Tetsuo: The Ironman and work from Cronenberg like Videodrome and work from Lynch like Eraserhead has been made plenty times before but I'll make it again. This film might not exist if not for those two. Tsukamoto kind of takes the idea of technology becoming a sort of disease this one man has to deal with. As far as the plot goes, it's confusing. Without reading outside material to help better understand what was going on, all I could deduce from what was going on before my eyes was that there was a hit and run accident that dealt with a metal fetist that resulted in this man that hit the person becoming a half human half cyborg piece of machinery. Go figure. The message I mentioned before is highly prevalent and although a bit exaggerated, the point gets across.
This film is dark. The dirty look it's given thanks to diluted black and white shots is menacing. The visual feast doesn't stop once it begins. It just never lets up. Violence, sex, perversion, and so on. There's a lot to look at with this abstract film. Anyone who's a fan of the kind of work David Cronenberg and David Lynch do (and their subject matter) should definitely check out this twisted picture from the East.
4 OUT OF 5 STARS