R100 + Big Man Japan

R100 – 7:30pm
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.

Big Man Japan – approx. 9:30pm
“Whenever I see a superhero epic, I’m always nagged by logical questions — like, when the Incredible Hulk becomes enormous, how do his undershorts also expand? Big Man Japan answers that question with admirable clarity. The movie…takes the form of a slice-of-life doc about Daisoto, the latest generation in a Tokyo dynasty of monster-killers. These are some monsters. One has expanding cables for arms…one consists of a giant body and one foot…one exudes an overpowering stink. These monsters come from who knows where, and when they die, we see their souls take flight and ascend to heaven. Daisoto never gets time off. He isn’t paid much. He raises cash from TV specials about his fights and selling advertising space among his tattoos. Matsumoto is as concerned about the practical problems of being a superhero as I am. It becomes clear that he is satirizing three genres: the personal documentary, monster movies and reality TV. And he does this slyly, with a scalpel instead of a hatchet.” — Roger Ebert
Dir. Hitoshi Matsumoto, 2007, 35mm, 113 min.

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