Genre – World Cinema > Drama/Comedy
Run Time – 110 minutes
Certificate – 18
Country – Japan
Awards – 1 Wins & 4 Nominations
Amazon – £8.61 DVD (Blue Ray £18.17)
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When it comes to sex and porn the Japanese are a perverted lot. Because of their extremely conservative society they don’t have as much sex as they should and so turn to the internet, comic books and fetish clubs to get their kicks. From Manga and Akira soft porn to young girls dressing up like dolls as even younger girls they have a thing for discipline and the forbidden. British porn, of course, is some tattooed fat bloke in a West Ham shirt and Y-Fronts around his ankles shagging some trollope in someone’s front room. But that won’t get the Japanese’s off. They like it kinky, bondage is another big winner in Japan, the subject of this rather out there sex comedy. It’s not my thing but it’s their thing and their mostly foreign sex trade workers are expected to ‘knock the blokes about a bit’ to get the gig. After the huge success of 50 Shades of Gray then maybe women do secretly love some pain and macho domination in this increasingly meterosexual world. Director Hitoshi Matsumoto certainly thinks so.
• Nao Ōmori as Takafumi Katayama
• Shinobu Terajima as Whip Queen
• Hitoshi Matsumoto
• Ai Tominaga
• Eriko Sato
• Naomi Watanabe as Saliva Queen
• Suzuki Matsuo
• Atsuro Watabe
• Gin Maeda
• Katagiri Hairi as Gobble Queen
• Lindsay Kay Hayward as CEO
• Mao Daichi as Voice Queen
Low level Nagasaki 40something businessman Takafumi Katayama (Nao Ōmori) is bored and needs to escape his humdrum life and decides to join a mysterious BDSM club where various dominatrix’s, each with their own specialty skill, will attack and humiliate him in public and out and about. That’s the deal. The contract with the club lasts for one year and no cancellations are allowed. He signs up and at first, Takafumi is rather enjoying the sexual pleasures of pain and humiliation from the beautiful girls dressed in black shiny leather, be it a good stiletto kicking in the street or a whipping in his workplace toilets.
He has a disabled sister in a coma in hospital to worry about and a domineering father and so this perversion the absolute diversion required in his life. But when the club's activities start to intrude into his home life and young son (Atsuro Watabe) meets one of the ladies, Takafumi is not happy and must find a way to protect his family and himself from more than just humiliation. When ‘Saliva Girl comes a cropper in his house the contract is considered broken and revenge will be taken on his family and Tak. The worldwide House of Bondage decide his fete and the CEO (Lindsay Kay Hayward) arrives in her private plane with her ‘bondage ninjas’ to take him down with some serious pain.
Pushing two hours this is hard work. It’s not sexy (unless you like pretty Japanese girls in leather) and no explicitness to it. It’s more comedy than perverted in the way some Japanese films can be and you do chuckle and smile now and then. You have to admire Japanese filmmakers for going that extra yard in wackiness and creativity in their films.
R100 works on some levels but not on others. There are moments that don’t really fit as the film goes off in a surreal direction but then returns to that B-Movie territory the film is puling from. You have to remember Japanese people do go to these sex clubs and fantasize about this stuff and so the movie drew a big salary man audience there. They didn’t see it the way I did and the content out of the ordinary.
Nao Ōmori is good in the lead with his mix of visual comedy and physical performance and just about keeps you interested through the two hours. Its not subtitle heavy if that’s a problem and so a relief on offer if you struggle with that. Japanese girls are hot and curvy so no complaints there. There are moments where it drifts off to make some point or another about pain and violence linked to sexual pleasure that only the director knows about but that’s his prerogative. I thought pain in sex was about being weak and feeble.
I wouldn’t say this film is going to appeal to all foreign film fans but if you like Asian Extreme then enough here to entertain. It lacks the big scenes to wow you and remember and certainly flabby at those two hours. But it’s different and that’s what we like about Asian Extreme films and a pat on the back for them to keep making these movies.
Imdb.com – 6.1/10.0 (1,637votes)
Rottentomatos.com –79% critic’s approval
Metacritic.com – 57% critic’s approval
New York Times –‘A little punishment goes a long way, especially for the rest of us, yet on it drags, torturously, slap, kick, slap, kick.
Chicago Reader –‘Matsumoto works overtime to keep this vital once the basic premise has been established, but the cultural subtext is so potent that he really can't go wrong’.
LA Weekly –‘You'd expect more yucks from the country that bequeathed tentacle porn’.
Seattle Weekly –‘
I think the film veers off too far into such strangeness (could there be a Japanese TV game show spun off from all this?), but connoisseurs of this kind of thing will find the ripeness hard to resist’.
Movie Mezzanine –‘R100 is primarily a parade of kink, topped off with explicit allegory for pushing subversive art past prudes’
Roger Egbert.com –‘Even if you like bizarre movies, you'll probably like "R100," then hate it, then go back to liking it, then wonder what you're looking at. And then the movie will end’.
Before I start I would like to add that I know this doesn’t belong here but I was just so desperate to write!! There are currently no topics on UCI in general or UCI in Telford so I decided to put it here and will suggest the above topics when I have finished :) Now that's cleared here we go..! Hello to everyone reading this and a special sympathetic hi to those who like me, are film freaks! I don't know why but since I started my A level Media studies last September I have just wanted to see every film on the planet and well, I think I might have just done that! The problem is though, whilst I love going to the cinema it is starting to leave a rather big space in my bank balance and for a student.. That’s not a good thing! What I’m wondering though is why is it so expensive? The prices really so not make any sense at all and after checking them out at the scoot website I began to realise just how much I’d been spending all this time. Ticket Prices - Adult: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday before 5pm £ 4.10, Friday to Tuesday and Thursday after 5pm £ 5.10, Wednesday before 5pm £ 2.70, Wednesday after 5pm £ 3.40 Ticket Prices - Child: Under 15s daily except Wednesday £ 3.60, Wednesday £ 2.40 Ticket Prices - OAP: Daily except Wednesday £ 3.60, Wednesday £ 2.40 Ticket Prices - Student: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday with NUS £ 3.95, Wednesday £ 2.60 It's absolutely crazy how expensive it can be. On Wednesday (special rate day!) i went with my mom, sister and boyfriend. For the four of us it was £10.20 which I thought was fantastic but then when I went on Saturday they said they don't even accept student cards on that day (why? it is their busiest!) and charged me £5.10. Luckily it wasn't my ticket I was buying because I had a cinema ticket that I had earned from ipoints. As I walked into the cinema there was a hell of a lot of people there and I was just wondering how muc
h money they must make. Surely they can afford to make the prices a little bit cheaper? As you walk past the ticket office to go to the screen allocated you also have to stand the delicious looking Ben 'n' Jerry's ice cream and resist the whiff of fresh popcorn. Of course, being me I can't resist something to eat and end up paying £4.99 for a combo to share with my boyfriend. This contains a large soft drink and popcorn of my choice. The thing is though; I think that Wednesday is rather cheap but after I have bought the food I'm left quite broke! The tip for this I think is to buy my own before I go in but it's just not the same is it? I really feel quite annoyed that we get charged so much for food. How much does it cost to make a bag of popcorn and sprinkle it with salt? Probably not £3-odd. Saying this though the staff are all extremely friendly and helpful. This might be due to the fact that I’m sure I know half of them but they have always provided me with good service. Once, Jack (my boyfriend) dropped a whole one of those large drinks on the floor and they just gave him another one and told him to move down so they could clean it after the film. If only everything was this simple at UCI. Well, this was basically about the ticket prices at the cinema in Telford and I hope you discovered all you needed to know from my awful ranting. Still, I’m an absolute fool because in the next 2 weeks I have at least 3 films planned to go see :) Till then take care and have fun!! Mel xx