The film is about the utterly fantastic and eccentric 80-year-old Japanese inventor responsible for 3,357 inventions, including the floppy disk. NakaMats is an unlikely character made for ... See full summary »
The film is about the utterly fantastic and eccentric 80-year-old Japanese inventor responsible for 3,357 inventions, including the floppy disk. NakaMats is an unlikely character made for the movies, with his deadpan English and impeccable comic timing providing nonstop laughs. About his Love Jet potion, he says: "I've tested more than 10,000 women. Of course, I'm not doing the sex. I'm checking meters." At a conference, he leads a sing-along of a ditty he penned to memorialize the seven hours of snow shoveling he once did to get to a university class. Utterly nutty, but also a paean to the spirit of human invention. Written by
Dr. Nakamatsu is an elderly, eccentric, egotistical Japanese inventor; although his egoism is filtered though a modest demeanour. He is apparently responsible for a staggering range of inventions, including the floppy disc, although the one's we see in this film following him for a period of his life seem mostly bizarre - an engine that allegedly runs on water, a mysterious sex-aid, a push-up bra. He believes he will live till 140; and the problem with this film is that it makes it easy to dismiss the man as a crank. Indeed, one might even wonder if the protagonist is playing up to the camera at times. What one might have liked to have seen was some explanation of the thought process behind his more successful inventions - instead, we get the process of how he comes to think of ideas (starving his brain of oxygen, supposedly) - but none of the actual reasoning. By focusing on the quirkiness of the doctor, the film fails to convey his genius - and I was even tempted, at times, to wonder if the whole film was not a kind of low-key spoof. Assuming it isn't, there's some interest here; but less than if it had taken its subject more seriously.
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