a page of madness

film writing by nicholas vroman


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250px-R100-p1About midway through R100, director Hitoshi Matsumoto, pulls a gag that made me laugh out loud, though it was so over the top and questionable, I’ve been questioning myself ever since. In this scene, our hero, Takafumi Katayama (Nao Omori), who’s joined this SM service where fem doms do their dirty business with him in random places, is accosted at home. Soon he’s got a hilarious blindfold on (cartoon eyes are painted on it), he’s bound and has a ball gag in his mouth. His 4-year old son suddenly appears asking what’s going on? Cut to junior hanging in the tokonoma with the same blindfold and ball gag, daddy in the foreground going through a round of being spat on. Transgressive? Silly? Exploitive? Yes, all of that more. It works. Matsumoto has over his last three films been deconstructing comedy. In R100 is seems he’s internalized his deconstructive instincts and now just let’s them work their evil magic. Not everything in R100 works, but when things do, one realizes what a comic genius Matsumoto is.

Originally published in EL Magazine, October 2013.

Written by Nicholas Vroman

October 3, 2013 at 11:33 pm

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