Japan, 1989, 67 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Shinya Tsukamoto, Not rated but absolutely unsuitable for children, Japanese with English subtitles, American Genre Film Archive

Tetsuo: The Iron Man

Saturday, 8/14

"As surreally weird as Eraserhead and as intense as a Novocainless tooth extraction..." —Richard Harrington, Washington Post

It starts with a bizarre merging of flesh and metal and accelerates into a hyper-hallucinatory state where springs, wires and solder erupt fountain-like from a man’s body. As the “Iron Man” mutates uncontrollably into a walking, clanking man-machine, terrorized by his new body parts, every aspect of his life becomes dehumanized and mechanical. Running on techno-erotic adrenaline and wrought iron perversion, Tetsuo: The Iron Man's delirious pace and unforgettable imagery welds itself firmly into your mind. Credit Shinya Tsukamoto for this gem of Japanese cinema: he not only directed Tetsuo, but also wrote, produced, filmed, edited, starred in the - and created its disgustingly captivating special effects. Practically absent from U.S. screens since the 90s, this mind-bending cyberpunk classic is back to melt moviegoers everywhere! Restoration courtesy of Arrow Films and the American Genre Film Archive.

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