R100 + Scabbard Samurai

R100 – 8:00pm
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.

Scabbard Samurai – approx. 10:00pm
Matsumoto’s outré love letter to the deadly craft of performing comedy! We follow a disenchanted rogue bladeslinger who, after being captured by an impossibly eccentric feudal lord, must make the Lord’s depressed child smile within 30 days — or it’s a one-way trip down seppuku lane. Scabbard Samurai’s deliberate pace only serves to heighten its sweet absurdity, in a series of slow, rhythmic escalations that would make Lynch and Jarmusch proud. A fantastic example of how Matsumoto can weave a stylistic sensibility that’s equally strong in giving us a gross-out joke, a tug on our heartstrings and a painterly portrait of his vision of life all at the same time.
Dir. Hitoshi Matsumoto, 2010, 35mm, 103 min.

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