March 18 – 29
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Run Time: 97 minutes
When sociopath Katsutoshi gets himself into trouble at home, he hides out in Tokyo with his friend Seikichi who runs a slimy brothel/night club in the slums of the city. What Katsutoshi soon learns is that trouble has a sneaky way of following him. Giving an unfiltered and, at times, comical look into the underworld of Tokyo's criminal elements, TOKYO PLAYBOY CLUB plays like a Guy Ritchie film that occasionally stops for noodles. After Katsutoshi roughs up a young man in a bathroom stall, he is now on the run from the Yakuza gang who back his friend's club. Unfortunately, Katsutoshi has little time before he must retrieve stolen cash from the club's doorman, protect the girlfriend of said doorman, bury the body of a Yakuza general, and keep the gangsters from killing him and everyone he knows. Just another Saturday night in Tokyo. The TPC of the film promises, "Boobies … Fondle … Suck," but this gritty, daring, and comic film offers so much more. (In Japanese with subtitles) – T.W.
Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou
Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
François Cluzet, Omar Sy
Long an indie favorite in Japan, Yosuke Okuda is known for his Tarantino-like use of music and laughs to tell his gritty and energetic stories. Born in 1986 in Fukushima, Okuda studied at the Kawaguchi Art School of Waseda University where he shot the first of his "Hot as Hell" trilogy as his thesis.
"Hot as Hell" (2008), "Hot as Hell 2" (2009), "Hot as Hell: The Deadbeat March" (2010), TOKYO PLAYBOY CLUB (2011)