While this movie was one of the biggest mind trip but it was more coherent than Eraserhead. This movie is one of the greatest visual experience and has a lot of metaphors. Its a movie that has to be checked out for a visual experience.
One of the most bizarre films I have seen...watched it several times now, and it is still somewhat disturbing....and funny...and insane. Have shown it to some friends, most of whom look at me in disbelief and wonder, shake their heads, and ask me not to bring it by again, LOL.
Tetsuo: The Iron Man is not a Japanese horror movie, but a dark art film which was way ahead of it's time. Those watching it expecting a simple J-Horror flick are bound for disappointment. Those watching it for artistic merit and visionary visual experimentation will be in for a ride.
Portraying many different ideas and metaphors, it's all wrapped in a sort of stop-motion cyber-punk style of filming with a loose plot of (at it's basic element) a man whom sticks an iron rod into his leg and slowly transforms a horrid machine. However underlaying symbols and quick-cam shots riddle the film into puzzles of fear and technological nightmares. Metaphors of trials in Japanese culture (technological take-over, alienation, xenophobia, guilt, and modern isolation) plague the screen which gives a strong depth to it, making it worthy of multiple watches.
Though let me warn you, it is not pretty. The reason it's frequently upheld in the horror genre is that it IS also bloody and bone-driven with fx and violence. Many of the scenes can be downright really creepy and suspenseful. Body parts are turned into machinery, people are stabbed and beaten, and there's a Hell of alot of screaming.
Don't just take this film at face value. Like I said, when broken down it is more of an art film than horror flick. There are alot of layers to it and you need to look deep to interpret the substance of the subplots and symbolism. Not only that but the style of filming and camera work. Yes, did I mention it's absolutely insane in it's musical score, camera angles and cinematography?
Anyway if this entices you at all then definitely check this film out because it's right up there with Eraserhead, The Holy Mountain, and many other great dark surrealist-type films.
Ok. I'm all about OUT THERE kinda movies. I also fully understand the artistry, cinematography, and the use of certain camera tricks and leaving certain things up to the imagination when it comes to these kinds of movies. I love horror. I love Indies. I love sci-fi. This movie....SUCKED. For all it says it is in the description, and other reviews I read about it, I decided to give it a try. Wish I hadn't. I even stuck with it all the way to the end, just in case at some point it made sense or explained whether he was jyst insane and imagining half the crap in the movie, or if he was able to accomplish what I thought he set out to do. It was dismal, didn't make sense half the time, and gave me a headache. Not the artistry it claimed to be. Skip this one...you'll THANK yourself for it!!