Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Invention of Dr. Nakamats [Hot Docs review]

~ 59 min ~ Germany
Director: Kaspar Astrup Schröder ~ Producer: Mette Heide

Rating (out o
f 4 stars):
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Dr. Yoshiro NakaMats invented the floppy disk, a pedicab that runs on water, and an inflatable bra. He boasts 3,375 patents compared to Thomas Edison’s measly 1,093, and received the Nobel Prize for Nutrition after photographing and analyzing every meal he has eaten for the last 34 years. At 80 years young, he has his own fan club, works out regularly, and worships his deceased mother.

This film is lighthearted and could have easily trivialized this man, but director Schröder maintains Dr. NakaMats' dignity while celebrating his many facets. NakaMats is brainy, stoic and charming, but also stubborn and imperious. A highlight is watching NakaMats tear a strip off an entrepreneur wanting to buy his bicycle cart at half the price. Some moments, though, are truly surreal, such as NakaMats swimming underwater to jot down ideas on an inkless notepad.

Overall, what shines through in this film is NakaMats' relentless work ethic and unbounded imagination.

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