R100September 30, 2014 | 9:30pm
FREE Screening in El Rey’s Theater @Egyptian
Hitoshi Matsumoto’s outrageous return to the big screen comes on the heels of his cult sensations Big Man Japan and Symbol, in the form of this fantastic quasi-sex-comedy, R100.
Impossible to categorize, R100 follows the plight of Nao Ohmori (from Takeshi Miike’s Ichi the Killer), a quintessential Japanese salary man / father with a penchant for BDSM. As a means of escaping the daily grind that his family and profession have confined him to, Nao joins a mysterious BDSM club in which the “Queens” (read dominatrices) perform their sado-masochistic acts without warning and in public. Naturally, his life is turned upside down as his attempts to leave the club only escalates the actions of the ruthless dominatrices.
Matsumoto is very much a national treasure in Japan and in R100 you can see why. His total embrace of the absurd and willingness to challenge us cerebrally only makes his humor more engaging and ultimately rewarding. As a celebrated master of the small screen, R100 is another big step in placing Matsumoto on the same rarified stage as his nation’s finest auteurs.
“A reflection on destructive sexual fantasies vaunts some wonderfully outrageous and original comedy.” The Hollywood Reporter
Tickets Available at Box Office Day-Of, 6pm Onwards
Guests: Lindsay Kay Hayward
Director: Hitoshi Matsumoto
Runtime: 100 minutes
“Like Fight Club directed by Luis Bunuel.” Indiewire