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CJS Winter 2024 Film Series | Tetsuo: The Iron Man

dir. Shin'ya Tsukamoto, 1 hr. 7 min., 1989
Thursday, March 7, 2024
6:15-8:20 PM
Off Campus Location
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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.

Curator's note by Markus Nornes: Shin'ya Tsukamoto's timeless contribution to cyborg aesthetics. It was shot on a dime, on 16mm and blown up to 35mm, but with the kind of free spirit he learned in his earlier Super-8 filmmaking. It's undoubtedly the most influential Japanese horror film ever made.

Presented in Japanese with English subtitles. Read more about the film, including ratings, at

More about the film series at

If there is anything we can do to make this event accessible to you, please contact us Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the university to arrange.
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Michigan Theater, Liberty Street
Event Type: Film Screening
Tags: Asia, Film, Film Series, japan
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for Japanese Studies, International Institute, Asian Languages and Cultures