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3.1
161 Ratings

R100

Directed by Hitoshi Matsumoto
Japan, 2013
Comedy

Synopsis

A mild-mannered family man with a secret taste for S&M finds himself pursued by a gang of ruthless dominatrixes — each with a very special talent — in this hilarious and bizarre take on the sex comedy from Japanese comedy giant Hitoshi Matsumoto.

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R100 Directed by Hitoshi Matsumoto
As the intensity and strangeness of the dominatrix visits escalate, R100 achieves a giddy, absurd comedy that is truly unique. In addition, the breaks in the action provided by the censorship committee bring to mind Godard's joyful tactic of pointing out the cinematic apparatus... R100 is definitely not be for everyone, but for that segment of the audience who are on board with Matsumoto, the film will be a lot of fun.
January 24, 2014
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if you're willing to look past all thematic shallowness and calculated strangeness, there's unlikely grace in Matsumoto's endless flow of riotous ideas. Once liberated of the need for justification or significance, his set pieces follow their own insane, unstoppable logic, with each new twist yielding its own outré surprises, whether a disturbing talent for mimicry, an unlikely eulogy to a fallen comrade, or the sudden entrance of an English-speaking high priestess of pain.
January 17, 2015
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Thankfully, the tone of Matsumoto's film verges more on the comical than the dramatic, relieving the audience from what would otherwise be an unbearably cheerless story. A thoughtful balance between wacky provocations and sociological precision, between outrageous invention and rational observation, is maintained.
February 11, 2014
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