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Hitoshi Matsumoto: Genre Upside Down

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And now for something completely different: TV comedian turned director Hitoshi Matsumoto and his hilarious, oddball, upside down approach to popular filmmaking. Whether taking the Japanese kaiju (giant monster) movie to bizarre comic lengths or turning a samurai drama into an opportunity for non-stop gags, Matsumoto is an ingenious advocate for the strangely inspired and giddily irreverent.

Scabbard Samurai

Hitoshi Matsumoto Japan, 2011

expired 74 days ago

After genuine whatsit Symbol, Hitoshi Matsumoto returned to the gleeful play and destruction of our genre expectations of his first film, Godzilla parody Big Man Japan, with this goofball chambara (swordplay movie). The ingenious scenario forces gag after gag so our hero can escape harakiri.

Symbol

Hitoshi Matsumoto Japan, 2009

expired 75 days ago

And now for something completely different: TV comedian turned director Hitoshi Matsumoto and his hilarious, oddball, upside down approach to popular filmmaking. One man (Matsumoto!) is trapped in a room; another, a Mexican wrestler, starts his day. Only pure ingenuity could connect them together.

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