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Audio Assault.

June proved to be a wild month: we talked about the wacky space antics of Leprechaun 4: In Space (listen), the underseen-but-very-good trans vampire film Bit (listen), and Robert Rodriguez’s first half of the Grindhouse double-bill, Planet Terror (listen).

To kick off July, we’re racing over to Japan to discuss the 35th anniversary of Shinya Tsukamoto‘s Japanese cyberpunk masterpiece, Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989).

In the extreme cinema film, an unnamed salary man (Tomorowo Taguchi) is slowly transformed into metal after a hit and run involving a metal fetishist (Tsukamoto). After accidentally (?) killing first his cat, and then his girlfriend (Kei Fujiwara) – with his new metal drill dick no less – the salary man and the fetishist engage in a destructive battle of wills that only ends when they fuse together. Together at least, the lovers set out to destroy the world.

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Episode 289 – Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989)

Strap in for an aural assault because we’re checking out Shinya Tsukamoto’s Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989) for its 35th anniversary.

This 67 minute black and white, nearly dialogue-free film is a wild and intense experience. It’s also surprisingly queer! From a sexually dissatisfied hetero couple to men checking each other out during sex to M/M assimilation to jizzy fluids, it’s not a reach to say the salary man and the metal fetishist are into each other.

And that’s without even getting into the metal dick drill of it all!


Cross out Tetsuo: The Iron Man!

Coming up on Wednesday: We’re celebrating Christmas in July with a look at Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman in Stanley Kubrick’s chilly sexual odyssey, Eyes Wide Shut (1999), which is celebrating its 25th anniversary!

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