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A mild-mannered family man with a secret taste for S&M finds himself pursued by a gang of ruthless dominatrices — each with a unique talent — in this hilarious and bizarre take on the sex comedy from Japanese comedy giant Hitoshi Matsumoto (Big Man Japan, Symbol).
In R100, Nao Ohmori (star of Takashi
Miike's Ichi the Killer) plays Takafumi
Katayama, a mild-mannered father who
escapes the pressures of daily life by joining
a mysterious S&M club, where the
so-called Queens visit clients in real-life
settings. While at first the rough treatment
and humiliation he receives from leather-clad
women in cafés and restaurants is
enjoyable, Takafumi soon realizes that he's
opened a door that cannot be closed.
Unable to end his relationship with the
club, he finds himself pursued by a gang
of ruthless dominatrices, each with a very
unique talent. Takafumi must either find a
way to turn the tables, or walk even further
down this dark yet sexy path.
A massive star in Japan, where he is best
known for his zany television comedies,
director Hitoshi Matsumoto has bewildered
and delighted Midnight Madness
audiences twice before, with Big Man
Japan and Symbol, each time one-upping
himself in terms of both strangeness and
imagination. With R100, he returns with a
distinctive take on the sex comedy.
The title is itself a play on the Japanese
movie ratings R-15 and R-18, and represents
just how far Matsumoto is willing
to go to slap, tickle, and lead his audiences into a world that is unlike anything they
have ever experienced.
Special thanks to The Japan Foundation, Toronto.
- Hitoshi Matsumoto
- Hitoshi Matsumoto was born in
Amagasaki, Japan, and made his acting
debut as part of the comedy duo
Downtown. He has appeared in numerous
popular television comedies and is
a published author. His directing credits
include Big Man Japan (07) and
Symbol (09), both of which screened
at the Festival, Scabbard Samurai (11),
and R100 (13).