The Adventure of Iron Pussy / Huajai Toranong

90 minutes / Digital to 35mm, now only available in digital version, 16:9, Stereo, Colour, Thailand, 2003

Directors / Writers: Michael Shaowanasai, Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Cast: Michael Shaowanasai, Krissada Terrence, Darunee Kritboonyalai, Jutharat Attakorn, Varin Sachdev, Teerawat Tongjitti, Jenjira Pongpas, Siriyakorn Pukkavej, Kroong Srivilai
Camera: Surachet Thongme
Editor: Panutat Wisetwong
Music / Songs: Animal Farm
Art Director: Akekarat Homlaor
Assistant Director: Suchada Sirithanawuddhi
Production Manager: Jirucha Khanchanapornphong
Continuity / Report: Manita Niyomprasit
Producers: Peyanan Chantraklom, Pheeraya Prommachat (Prod.), Choophong Ratanabanthoon, Hasskun Chanklom (Exec. Prod.)
Production: G-Gate Production for GMM Pictures & Ray Pictures, Kick the Machine Films, Bangkok

Premiered at the Tokyo International Film Festival, 1–9 November 2003.
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Who is Iron Pussy?

“The Adventure of Iron Pussy” series are underground video projects portraying a crime-busting heroine who was once a-go-go boy. He has seen the unfair treatments of the sex workers during his years in the business. Gradually, (S)he has become the most wanted heroin who most likely to save the day and make Bangkok safe for the tourists who come to support the sex industry.

Iron Pussy is one of the personas of a Thai performance artist Michael Shaowanasai, whose works directly criticize; satirize the Thai gender politics and the art industry at the same time. The previous Iron Pussy videos, which contain many direct sexual expressions, are mainly screened at art exhibitions.

    1. Synopsis

Iron Pussy decides to take a commission from a Thai government, who usually deems her indecent for her publicly supporting the sex industry. But they cannot deny her ability to scrap the crimes with beauty. An undercover operation takes her to a remote mansion where she not only discovered illegal activities, but also her past, and her first love.

    1. Filmmakers’ Statements

Michael Shaowanasai: It is an open invitation for a limited time only! Iron Pussy bares herself for the first time for any artists to embrace her persona in any way according to their wishes. She has no prejudice on color, form, and style. She can appear in a comic book, a novel, a photograph, or in this case, a movie – a melodramatic one. Available only when this supply lasts.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul: It was an honor to be invited! I usually see her in seedy bars around Patpong, fighting sex crimes. So I pampered her with a nice trip back to the past. But our Time Machine was a cheap model, so at times the trip was quite spotty, like scattered memories. I equipped her with the junk left in the trash bins of the abandoned old Thai film studios. Among the artifacts were the lost sounds, the dubbed voices that were so distant but cherished in my memory. It was the life Iron Pussy could not possess in contemporary landscape. It was also the life that we could not have because we thought our trash was so filthy.