Stones Throw presents Jonwayne vs "Tetsuo: The Iron Man"

Presented by Stones Throw. Co-presented by the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

“At the end of the 1980s, when mainstream Japanese cinema was dead in the water, along came a grainy, black & white 16mm film that wiped the floor with anything made in Japan for several years.” — Tom Mes, Midnight Eye

An integral part of SoCal hip-hop social nexus Low End Theory, producer/DJ Jonwayne has brought Los Angeles enough psychotropic hip-hop blasts to qualify for wizard status — and tonight, he goes tete-a-tete with the all-powerful grandaddy of Japanese cinematic cyberpunk, the eternal Tetsuo: The Iron Man! With all the heavy clanks and insane visual thrumming of a Metropolis updated for the frenetic William Gibson age — crossed with the blazing sex-and-blood factor of a vintage Cronenberg nightmare — director Shinya Tsukamoto’s career-defining, blenderized vision finds a downtrodden salaryman mutating beyond belief into a half-man, half-machine freakazoid hellbent on destroying the metals worshipper who cursed him into a life of copper wires and motor oil mimosas. Whereas Godzilla is a response to the proliferation of nuclear power (and its impact on the planet), Tetsuo is a direct satirization of what’s perhaps the more insidious scourge of Japan’s rapid industrialization, proliferation of waste, and dehumanization of its populace. Tonight brings a radical, one-time-only new aural vision of Tetsuo’s legacy to the Cinefamily screen — any cybernaut worth theirr salt would be crazy to miss it!
Dir. Shinya Tsukamoto, 1989, digital presentation, 67 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Tetsuo: The Iron Man vs. Jonwayne”!

Listen to the Jonwayne track “ElecTricity” from his album “Doodles”!
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