A metal fetishist (Shin’ya Tsukamoto), driven mad by the maggots wriggling in the wound he’s made to embed metal into his flesh, runs out into the night and is accidentally run down by a Japanese businessman (Tomorowo Taguchi) and his girlfriend (Kei Fujiwara). The pair dispose of the corpse in hopes of quietly moving on with their lives. However, the businessman soon finds that he is now plagued by a vicious curse that transforms his flesh into iron.
Tetsuo: The Iron Man (review) was written, produced, edited, and directed by cult-film director Shin’ya Tsukamoto, and produced by Japan Home Video. It is shot in the same low-budget, underground-production style as his first two films. Tetsuo established Tsukamoto internationally and created his worldwide cult following. It was followed by the sequels Body Hammer (1992) and The Bullet Man (2009).
Liverpool Horror Club’s Tetsuo: The Iron Man screening is part of this year’s Scalarama which is held across the United Kingdom during the entire month of September. This year’s theme is Identity. Not only will Liverpool Horror Club be screening the movie, but there’ll also be a special prerecorded introduction by director Shin’ya Tsukamoto himself.
Liverpool Horror Club will also show a number of short films and animations linked to Scalarama’s theme of Identity and some of the ideas explored in Testuo. Expect things to get weird, unsettling, and more than a little bit bizzaro!
The host for tonight is No Face Tattoo Studio, based in Liverpool, UK on the 2nd floor of The Tapestry building off London Road. The studio is wonderful, full of artwork and paraphernalia heavily flavoured with occult and horrific vibes. No Face Tattoo will have some of their fantastic artwork and merch available for sale. And if you really enjoy their style, you’ll also be able to book a tattoo appointment with them!
The super talented Ilan Sheady of Uncle Frank Productions has also created an awesome movie poster especially for the screening. All event attendees will receive an A3 copy of the artwork absolutely free, which will make a boss addition to your growing collection of Liverpool Horror Club art.
Tickets are only £7; available online from https://liverpoolhorrorclub.co.uk/product/tetsuo