March 18 – 29
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Run Time: 100 minutes
Any way you look at it, Takafumi’s life is boring. He gets up, makes his son breakfast, sells upholstery downtown, stops by the hospital to see his comatose wife, and picks up dinner for his son on the way home. He needs… adrenaline. When he stumbles upon a mysterious club with the word “Bondage” inscribed on the front door, his routine may be in for a change. The club has just one rule: it’s a year-long contract, no exceptions. Before signing away, the administrator gives him a glimpse of what’s to come: dozens of breathtaking “Queens” clad in black latex, all waiting to expand Takafumi’s horizons. But once the Queens start infusing themselves into Takafumi’s daily life, their sadistic reign endangers his job, his wife, and even his son. Japanese comedian Hitoshi Matsumoto’s wonderfully perverse R100 is the most twisted rom-com fun that’s been whipped up in years. It’s dark and sexy. And by the time it hits its outrageous ending, you’ll be on your knees begging for more. (In Japanese with subtitles) —C.P.
Nao Ohmori, Mao Daichi, Shinobu Terajima, Matsuo Suzuki , Atsuro Watabe
Hitoshi Matsumoto, born in 1963 outside of Osaka, Japan, is a hugely popular comedian. He's one of the founders of Downtown, the predominant influence on modern Japanese comedy. His debut film "Big Man Japan" screened in the Director's Fortnight section at Cannes.
"Big Man Japan" (2007)—32nd CIFF, "Symbol" (2009), "Saya Zamurai" (2011), R100 (2013)