Tetsuo (1989)

67m, 2412 feet
16mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, Japanese

A Japanese science fiction/horror film directed by Shinya Tsukamoto.

Plot Summary

A businessman kills a metal fetishist in a traffic accident and is infected by a strange flesh-consuming virus that turns him into a hybrid of metal and flesh.


Director: Shinya Tsukamoto
A Production by Kaijyu Theatre in association with Japan Home Video, K2 Spirit and SEN
Producer: Shinya Tsukamoto
Screenplay: Shinya Tsukamoto
Directors of Photography: Shinya Tsukamoto, Kei Fujiwara
Editor: Shinya Tsukamoto
Music: Chu Ishikawa
Sound: Asashi Sound Studio
Wardrobe: Kei Fujiwara
Special Effects Supervisor: Shinya Tsukamoto
Art Director: Shinya Tsukamoto

Shinya Tsukamoto (metal fetishist)
Tomoro Taguchi (salaryman)
Kei Fujiwara (salaryman's girlfriend)
Nobu Kanaoka (woman in glasses)
Naomasa Musaka (doctor)
Renji Ishibashi (tramp)

Alternative Titles

The Ironman
Tetsuo – czlowiek z zelaza – Polish title
Tetsuo – O Homem de Aço – Portuguese title
Tetsuo – The First Cut – Japanese DVD title
Tetsuo – The Iron Man – Finnish title
Tetsuo – Vasember – Hungarian title
Tetsuo I. El hombre de hierro – Spanish DVD title
Tetsuo, el hombre de hierro
– Spanish, Mexican title
Tetsuo: O Homem de Ferro
– Brazilian title
Tetsuo: The Iron Man
– UK, US title
Tetsuo: Ο σιδερένιος άνθρωπος
– Greek title
Ατσαλένιος άνδρας
– Greek title
Тэцуо, железный человек
– Russian title
– Japanese title

Tetsuo II: Body Hammer (1992)
Tetsuo: The Bullet Man (2009)

Remake of
Futsû saizu no kaijin (1986)

Includes extracts from
Denchû kozô no bôken (1987)


American Cinematographer vol.8 no.12 (December 2005) p.14, 16, 18 – DVD review (DVD Playback: Tetsuo: The Iron Man & A Snake of June by David E. Williams)
Cinefantastique vol.2 no.5 (February 1993) pp.50-52; 32 – illustrated article (Tetsuo The Iron Man by Dan Persons); review (Cheap Genius by Dan Persons)
Interview vol.22 no.5 (May 1992) p.70 – review (Tetsuo: the Iron Man by Henry Cabot Beck)
Interzone no.54 (December 91) p.34 – review (by Nick Lowe)
Premiere vol. no.11 (July 1991) pp.29-30 – review (Cyborg chic, marquis madness by J. Hoberman)
Sight & Sound vol.1 no.5 (September 1991) p.52 – vcredits, synopsis, review
Sight & Sound vol.1 no.8 (December 1991) pp.12-15 – article (Tokyo stories. by Tony Rayns)
Sight & Sound vol.12 no.7 (July 2002) p.61 – DVD review (Home movies: reviews by Ben Walters)
Sight & Sound vol. no.6 (June 1993) p.69 – video review
Variety 27 April 1992 p.81 0- credits, review (by William Stevenson)

BFI Screen Guides: 100 Science Fiction Films by Barry Keith Grant pp.157-158 – illustrated credits, review
The Encyclopedia of Japanese Horror Films by Salvador Murguia (ed.) pp.320-322 – credits, review (by James A. Wren)
Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.503 – credits
The Stop-motion Filmography by Neil Pettigrew pp.681-682 – review