Quick-Thoughts: Shin’ya Tsukamoto’s Tetsuo The Iron Man (1989)

Hell is a place on Earth.

This is the purest form of free-lance editing as far as I’m concerned. Tetsuo: The Iron Man implores a DIY cinematic environment where time and location seem so roughly existent yet somehow the entire picture flows like one sharply imaginative streamline. It feels early Buñuel or Resnais in this case, but riveted by the graphic absurdism or perversions of a Lynch, Rami, or Cronenberg if the three had a slightly more contorted understanding of what steampunk was, with body parts becoming malicious tools or virtual projections becoming what we endure and perceive as reality danger. The use of pixelation and fast-mo is compulsive as well, all pairing exquisitely with its tantrum of sound design and score. Industrial, yet every so often, majestic. Saxophones will do that! 

I have got to watch this plastered one day, but for now, even sober might be overdoing it.

Verdict: B+

“Tetsuo: The Iron Man” is now available to stream on Kanopy.

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