R100

dir. Hitoshi Matsumoto

R100

dir. Hitoshi Matsumoto

R100

dir. Hitoshi Matsumoto

R100

dir. Hitoshi Matsumoto

R100

dir. Hitoshi Matsumoto

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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.

COLIN GEDDES

Special thanks to The Japan Foundation, Toronto.

Director Biography

    • 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).