“Wonderfully outrageous and original comedy.” Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter
A mild-mannered salesman escapes the pressures of daily life by joining a mysterious S&M club, only to soon realize that the membership he signed up for is much more than he bargained for in the outrageous sex comedy and action thriller R100. The latest jaw-dropping provocation from Japanese filmmaking sensation Hitoshi Matsumoto (Big Man Japan) comes to Digital Download, Blu-ray and DVD on March 10, 2015, from Drafthouse Films, in conjunction with Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM).
“Devilishly warped…transgrassive, unclassifiable” Katie Rife, A.V. Club
In this audaciously kinky, metacomedic thriller, a lonely father with a secret taste for S&M (Nao Omori, best known for the title role in Takashi Miike’s Ichi the Killer) hires a boutique dominatrix agency that specializes in guerrilla acts of public degradation, including being kicked, slapped, beaten and spit on by drop-dead gorgeous women. Although the rough treatment and humiliation Takafumi Katayama receives from these leather-clad ladies – in cafes and on the street – drive him to ecstatic pleasure, he soon finds himself over his head during a surprise house call by one of the mistresses.
“R100 will kick your ass.” Badass Digest
After a freak and fatal accident, Katayama is forced into action, with a slew of vengeful dominatrixes chasing him down. With the help of his son, he’ll have to devise a plan to take on the relentless femmes fatales, who each possess a unique S&M talent by which to exact painful revenge.
“It’s like nothing else around, and that is fantastic.” Michael Treveloni, Film School Rejects
R100 – the title is a riff on the Japanese movie rating system, whose equivalent to NC-17 is R18 – is directed by Hitoshi Matsumoto, one of Japan’s most preeminent and beloved comedic talents. He is best known as the boke (funnyman) half of the popular comedy duo Downtown opposite straight man Masatoshi Hamada. Having changed the face of TV comedy, Matsumoto made a major splash in the film world with his 2007 directorial debut, Big Man Japan, which premiered in Cannes and screened at Toronto, Busan and Rotterdam. Matsumoto’s second film, Symbol (2009), is a Beckettian study of a man (Matsumoto) locked into a room that presents him with random objects, which he tries to manipulate to escape, only to end up in further rooms. Showcasing Matsumoto’s unlimited talent for visual gags and mime, Symbol premiered in Toronto and screened at Rotterdam, Berlin and Busan.
Matsumoto’s third film, Scabbard Samurai (2011), in which he explores the wandering samurai genre, premiered at Locarno International Film Festival and screened at Busan and Mar del Plata. The venerable Cinémathèque Française held a retrospective of his works in 2012.
Special Features on R100 will include:
- 12-page booklet
- Theatrical trailer
- Drafthouse Films trailers
- Digital Download