"Tetsuo: The Iron Man" (Merged Tetsuo Threads)

Discussion in 'Asian Horror and Other Pleasures' started by Shannafey, Aug 26, 2002.

  1. dvdasia62

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    I've seen "Begotten". I love it and all kinds of crazy, bizarre and off the wall films. This sounds right up my alley! :)
     
  2. LJMurder

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    tetsuo can only be explained in one way: "mental ass fuck"

    it's probably a 70 minute movie but it's so messed up you need to take a break half way through and continue later. my friend actually watched 45 minutes and had to turn it off and watch the rest after a half hour or so.
     
  3. KillerCannabis

    KillerCannabis Slow, Deep & Hard

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    So, you bought a R1 copy of this? My friend has been telling me to see it for a while now, so I'd like to order a copy if I could. What site did you get it from if it is R1?
     
  4. dvdasia62

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    It's not an R1 release. I ordered the Tartan PAL disc from Bensonsworld. :)
     
  5. AlkanFan

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    Stay away from the Image disc at all costs. It not only doesn't have any extras (w/ a 30$ price tag) but it doesn't even include "Drum Struck" as advertised on the back cover.
     
  6. McBride_01

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    I have a dupe of the VHS that has Drum Struck. I really loved the beginning of Tetsuo, but once it gets into that stop-motion animation it's a bit hard on the eyes/brain/visual department. Still worth seeing at least once. Great opening! :)
     
  7. mcchrist

    mcchrist A new breed of pervert!

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    Drum Struck is the only reason worth buying it, and if it ain't there, its not worth it!
     
  8. dwatts

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    Well, I saw it for the first time this morning.

    Tetsuo is a film with a lot of potential. Actually, for the first 15 minutes I feel like it lived up to that potential. Since the film only runs 65 minutes, that’s quite an achievement.

    Sadly, a low budget and the framing of the piece in a simple – and linear – narrative, drags it down.

    There is an interesting visual style here. I have read others comparing it with Begotten – but quite honestly, there are so few films that try to work at this level, why compare them? You could just as easily compare it to bits of “The Item” (such as the technique as they move through the streets). But if you do so, it does nothing to either film.

    The story is quite simple. A guy turns into an iron man through a car accident. It’s about that transformation, both from a mental and physical perspective. It’s about how the change affects those around him. There also is a confrontation with another iron man, who apparently is pissed that his own metal infection (it seems to spread like a virus) was from a source that was rusty (our guy was infected by stainless steel, and cannot rust). Don’t look for many answers here – this isn’t Hollywood, and we don’t need everything wrapped up in a nice neat bow. This is Japanese movie-making.

    As soon as someone says a guy turns into an iron man, likely the first thought is of a Robocop type figure, smooth silver surfaces, shiny metal objects. However, this iron man is a jumble of springs, wires and pipes – not forgetting a drill for a penis.

    I love the idea. I think the visual style (off kilter, grainy, black and white video) was effective too. That’s about the only connection I could muster with Begotten, by the way. This film has all the potential to be every bit as harrowing – but I never found it that way.

    Sadly, the budget does not allow for a more realistic transformation. So be prepared to see the underlying glues holding this poor fellow together. I can live with it, but I’d be remiss if I did not at least mention it. The stop motion stuff (think Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer video) was merely adequate too. Given the budget, this is to be expected, I guess.

    The box says it “caused a sensation” when it was released. I can understand that it would if presented in mass media to the general public. Fans of our genre will likely be less affected. I’m sure I have never seen anything quite like it. However, a thirty minute cut would likely have been more effective, and some of the images are just not very interesting. We do get to see some disembowments, but since they are only of wires and bits of pipe, I’m not sure they truly count as “gore”. When reading box text – I have to approach it from the genre (and audience for that genre) at which it is aimed. My parents might well be shocked and mystified by this – but fans of horror and sci-fi wouldn’t be.

    All in all, I paid $15 for this one. On reflection, I could have spent that money on something with a little more staying power. This one reads better on the box that it looks in execution. Still – not a total disaster. It’s a five out of ten. The first fifteen minutes is an 8 out of ten – which reflects the fact that I was initially enthralled – but strangely bored when the narrative kicked in. It includes the trailer for Tetsuo II, but I plan on giving that one a miss. No plans on watching this one again.

    We can rust the world into the dust of the universe, indeed.
     
  9. Shannafey

    Shannafey Don't Monkey With Me!

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    Ok, I got my grubby little hands on a used copy of both Tetsuo The Iron Man (Universal release) and Tetsuo II Body Hammer (Manga release), so this week, when I find time, I will finally watch them.
     
  10. Shannafey

    Shannafey Don't Monkey With Me!

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    Ok, I am half way through the first one, and I know why most of you have said it takes a couple of days to get through. Personally I am not liking it, but I will watch it all, and thankfully there's a good market for it on Ebay, so the purchase wasn't in vain. I will watch the second one this weekend. I have higher hopes for it.
     
  11. dvdasia62

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    Well, I watched this film today and my thoughts on it are mixed. While it contained some of the most bizarre images I have ever seen and at times was so surreal and frenetic that I needed to take a rest after about a half hour, it really was some of the silliest stuff I have ever seen. I'm going to sit through it again to see what effect it has but this is one film I won't be showing to my family and I definately will not be shelling out money for "Tetsuo II: Body Hammer". :)
     
  12. Shannafey

    Shannafey Don't Monkey With Me!

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    I finally watched the both of them myself, and I would never put those dvds in the player again. It took me 2 nights to watch each movie, and I was determined to get through them, but I definitely don't know what the hype is all about. Crazy and frenetic and different, yes, but great filmmaking? No!
     
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    I did warn you :D
     

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