R100 (1/28)

“It’s hard to remember a film about S&M as funny as this one, or one as beautifully and weirdly imagined.” — The Hollywood Reporter

Breakout filmmaker/star Hitoshi Matsumoto (Big Man Japan, Symbol) has emerged from the same Japanese TV comedy milieu once traveled by the legendary Beat Takeshi, to create an audacious body of meta-movies that never cease to tickle and surprise us. Starting with its title as a riff on the Japanese movie rating system (their “R18” = our “NC-17”), Matsumoto’s latest outlandish jam is a cross between David Fincher’s The Game and Ken Russell’s Crimes of Passion: a lonely father (Ichi The Killer’s Nao Ohmori) with a secret taste for BDSM hires the services of a clandestine boutique dominatrix agency — one that specializes in increasingly insane, guerilla acts of public degradation. At every turn, R100 yanks itself into previously unknown corners, even stirring in Godardian framing devices and a special American visitor into the rough ‘n tumble comedic melee.
Dir. Hitoshi Matsumoto, 2013, DCP, 100 min.

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