Art Blog - Hitoshi Matsumoto - Empty Kingdom

Comedic auteur Hitoshi Matsumoto (BIG MAN JAPAN, SYMBOL) delivers his latest dark humored feature film R100. The plot revolves around one man’s admission to an exclusive S&M club, where privacy is exposed and “pleasure” becomes unexpectedly injected into his daily life. More info after the jump.

More detailed info can be read as follows (via TIFF 2013):

“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”

Watch the trailer embedded down below!

Art Blog - Hitoshi Matsumoto - Empty Kingdom

Art Blog - Hitoshi Matsumoto - Empty Kingdom

Art Blog - Hitoshi Matsumoto - Empty Kingdom

Art Blog - Hitoshi Matsumoto - Empty Kingdom

Art Blog - Hitoshi Matsumoto - Empty Kingdom

Trailer for R100.

R100, 2013

Hitoshi Matsumoto


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