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Genre: Documentary, Comedy, Action

Duration: 90 Minutes

Rating: NR

Top Knot Detective

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Part of our The Way of the Sword Film Talk Series!

Travel with Ryan Ferguson to Japan as he continues his explorations into the hidden corners of a rich film culture, featuring rarely screened cult classics and enough WTF-strangeness to keep you coming back for more!

As any cult film and TV fan will tell you, Japan is fertile ground for the bizarre. On Japanese airwaves for two seasons, Top Knot Detective was an early foray into TV production from multi-faceted conglomerate Sutaffu – a company with its fingers in everything from housewares to pop singers – who handed control over to the show’s creator and star Takashi Takamoto.

Known in the West thanks only to a brief Australian release, the show itself and the behind-the-scenes story – an epic tale of debauchery and fragile egos – are now pulled into the light thanks to this riotous, sordid tale which gives access not only to Western filmmakers influenced by the original series’ madness, but also extensive cast/crew interviews that give insight into the self-destructive behaviour of creator Takamoto.

This is a hugely entertaining look at a completely neglected talent who deserves to find an audience around the world. It’s also “complete and total BS!” (Fantastic Fest)

Presented in English and Japanese with English subtitles.

Aaron Allen

Aaron Allen is the director of the Hexploitation Film Festival: Hamilton’s longest-running festival dedicated to horror, exploitation, and cult film genres. For 15 years, he has been leading efforts to showcase the best in new and cult classic genre films and organizing unique and interactive genre screenings and events. As well as a passion for horror cinema, he is a devotee of Japanese giant monster movies and classic Japanese special effects film and television.