Shinya Tsukamoto has infused TETSUO: THE IRON MAN with a satirical sensibility--as well as a graphic blend of violence and sexuality--that makes this featurette a wildly original departure from standard sci-fi.
In a disturbingly realistic scene prior to the opening credits, viewers see a young man (Tsukamoto) wandering through an abandoned factory. In between close-ups of discarded machinery and cables, the youth, a metals fetishist, carves open his upper thigh and implants a piece of metal tubing. The
next character viewers encounter is a bespectacled young man in a business suit, a typical "salaryman" (Tomoroh Taguchi), against a background of steel mill proce...