Metal-Body Images in Shinya Tsukamoto's (1989)

츠카모토 신야의 <철남(鐵男)>(1989)을 통해 살펴 본 기계적-몸 이미지

  • 권수진 (중앙대학교 첨단영상대학원 영화이론전공) ;
  • 권하진 (서울여자대학교 의류학과)
  • Received : 2015.04.13
  • Accepted : 2015.05.22
  • Published : 2015.06.28


This article analysis the aesthetics of metal-body of (1989) and its metamorphosis of dehumanization through visual desires expressed by body images. This paper suggests theoretical analysis based on aesthetic views to understand the underlying meanings. The research categorizes three types of images; surreal image, grotesque image and eros image from the metamorphosis of dehumanization and transformation throughout the film. As the surreal image, the metamorphic process of transformation, demolition, derangement, illusion, and human desire continues to reflect the evil side of a human in everyday life. It also visualizes the images of exaggeration through weakness and bizarre side of metal-body. The grotesque image of body metamorphosis displays and symbolizes double-sides of bizarre and weak side of human in the everyday environment when malformation reaches its peak when Tetsuo finally shows his transforming figure. Finally, the eros image is analogized as a man's inner self and self-destruction in surreal world and a grotesque figure when overwhelming desire of transforming into rebirth of a perfect metal-body, Tetsuo. The surreal image, grotesque image, and eros image portraits human desires inner and outer-self into visualized image and that represents the means of excessive desire for dreaming of world domination with merging non-organic medium of metal and organic body to create a perfect body-image.


Shinya Tsukamoto;Tetsuo;Metal-Body;Non-organic Metamorphosis


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