A strange man known only as the “metal fetishist”, who seems to have an insane compulsion to stick scrap metal into his body, is hit and possibly killed by a Japanese “salaryman”, out for a drive with his girlfriend. The salaryman then notices that he is being slowly overtaken by some kind of disease that is turning his body into scrap metal, and that his nemesis is not in fact dead but is somehow masterminding and guiding his rage and frustration-fueled transformation. —IMDb
Constant comparisons to such distinctive celluloid experimentalists as David Cronenberg and David Lynch may give the uninitiated an idea of what to expect aesthetically and thematically from the works of renegade Japanese filmmaker/actor Shinya Tsukamoto, though as complimentary as they may be, the comparisons ultimately don’t do justice to the remarkably original and frantic essence of his hauntingly jarring cinematic nightmares. From the cringe-inducing, hyper-kinetic body horror of Tetsuo: The Iron Man to the creeping deliberation of Gemini, Tsukamoto’s intriguing body of work has isolated critics and audiences while building a strong fan base who share his technophobe paranoia and cyber-punk sensibility.
Born in Shibuya, Tokyo, in 1960, Tsukamoto found inspiration early in his childhood from the television series Ultra-Q. Making his directorial debut via Super-8 film around the age of 14, the future director later found creative outlet in painting and theater. Briefly putting… read more
This is probably what you'd get if Svankmajer and Lynch would do a remake of Edward Scissorhands. Genius.
A fine example of cinematic biomechanics, a collision between the organic and the synthetic, evoking (and matching) the best examples of Cronenbergian body horror ala Videodrome, eXistenZ and even Crash. Hyper-kinetic, highly stylised sequences are superbly constructed and the metallic, industrial soundtrack blends perfectly well. A low budget success.
I admire how the movie creates a really claustrophobic, unsettling and intense atmosphere along with the black and white photography. And, although low budget, I liked the gruesome special effects. However, at least for me this felt like an empty experience at the end. The film its pretty much just about a man who starts to transform into a monster/cyborg fused with scrap metal without much plot or character involved