Japanese with English subtitles, 2013, 100 minutes, color, Japan
Solidifying a spirited, singular voice in genre filmmaking, R100 premiered to great acclaim in the Toronto International Film Festival’s Midnight Madness program before causing chaos on the fall festival circuit. A fixture in film and comedy in his native Japan, director Hitoshi Matsumoto is raising the weird and wild of underground cinema to impressive artistic levels.
Mild-mannered bureaucrat Takafumi Katayama has a secret. He spends his days at his meaningless office job, while at night he cares for his young son and comatose wife. But every now and then, his routine is interrupted by a series of sultry, leather-clad dominatrices, each with a more bizarre skill set than the last. Katayama has joined a hidden, mysterious S&M club that specializes in surprising its clients in public and applying sadistic, sexual torture in any place at any time. Then a line is crossed, and an escalating game of vengeance ensues.
Employing an exuberant swirl of gonzo set pieces, imaginative plot twists, and absurd metaexperiences executed with complete control, director Hitoshi Matsumoto unleashes a wildly over-the-top, intense sex comedy upon an unsuspecting international audience. Even the title, referencing Japanese rating systems, suggests that no mind younger than 100 years old can grasp the fantasia within the film. Be warned.
Director: Hitoshi Matsumoto
Screenwriter: Hitoshi Matsumoto
Executive Producer: Hisaya Shiraiwa
Producer: Akihiko Okamoto
Cinematographer: Kazunari Tanaka
Editor: Yoshitaka Honda
Production Designer: Etsuko Aikou
Sound: Yoshitaka Honda
Principal Cast: Nao Ohmori, Lindsay Kay Hayward, Hairi Katagiri