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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

R100


Even though the move R100 is 100-minutes long, that's not what the title is all about.

It's a play on the Japanese movie rating systems of R-15 and R-18... with the feeling that no one under the age of 100 should dare try and sneak in and see his movie. Of course, like any movie that says you can't see it, it makes you want to see it even more.

I'm not so sure about R100, though, as it makes its debut at TIFF (the Toronto International Film Festival) here in Toronto between September 12-14, 2013. I mean... I liked it... but it left me wanting another slap on the ass.

R100 is a comedy... and a satire ostensibly about sex... kinky sex, for lack of a better word, that comes with the hurt me-hurt me life of BDSM (bondage & discipline and dominance & submission), which I'm sure more than a few of you readers like and enjoy. Hey... who doesn't enjoy a little slap and tickle every now and again?

The plot revolves around a mild-mannered salesman and father, Katayama Takafumi (surname first) played by Japanese actor Ohmori Nao (previously starred in Ichi the Killer), who joins an S&M club to relieve his frustrations.

His frustration release involves getting roughed up by some hot dominatrices (see image above - black fishnets!!!! Yum!) - and he, at first seems to enjoy himself... but like with all vices... once you start, you can't close Pandora's box.

Even though he finds he wants to end his relationship with the club, he finds he can not.

Been there... done that.

Anyhow, our hero finds himself pursued by a gang of ruthless dominatrices (been there - been beaten by that - if a multiple personality counts?)... and each dominatrix has a special and unique talent.

How will Kakayama (call him Bruise, not) survive? If he can't find away to give as good as he takes, he will be lost down that righteous path of being beaten into submission.

Directed by Matsumoto Hitoshi (surname first), a comedian from Amagasaki, Japan, he 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 (2007) and Symbol (2009), both of which screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, as well as the movies Scabbard Samurai (2011), and now R100 (13).

The movies was shot through a sepia-tone lens, with bits of pastel added later... and unless I miss my mark, Matsumoto-san is simply trying to satirize Japan and it's love affair with the sex industry (I think every country has a love affair with its own sex industry).

The movie stars: Ohmori, Daichi Mao, Terajima Shinobu, Suzuki Matsuo and Watabe Atsuro.

Even though its limited run at the TIFF will be over soon, I'm sure you can catch it at a theater near you, soon enough. Bring someone who can appreciate the humor and, of course, the sexual stylings.

Cheers,
Andrew Joseph

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