|Screenplay:||Hitoshi Matsumoto, Mitsuyoshi Takasu
|Staring:||Hitoshi Matsumoto, David Quintero, Luis Accinelli, Lillian Tapia
|Production:||Yoshimoto Creative Agency Co.
To say that Symbol is difficult to describe is an understatement of epic proportions. In the central tale, a Japanese man wakes up alone in a brightly illuminated white room with no windows or doors. When he presses a mysteriously phallic protuberance that appears on one wall, a pink toothbrush materializes from nowhere, clattering to the floor and setting in motion a genuinely bizarre chain of events. Meanwhile, in a dusty town, a green-masked Mexican wrestler known as Escargot Man prepares for an important match. His family gathers around him, worried about his seeming impassivity before battle. A hugely popular comedian in Japan, Matsumoto has a finely honed, deadpan approach to absurdist humor. His exuberant and audacious sophomore effort will provoke thought, laughter and some manic head scratching.Source: Toronto International Film Festival
Born in 1963, Hitoshi Matsumoto made his acting debut in 1983. Since 1990, he has appeared in numerous film comedies in which he displayed an original temperament that made a huge impression among audiences. In 1998, he published "Visualbum", a collection of stories that revealed another side to his comic gifts. In 2008, he made his first film as director, Dai Nippojin, in which he also played the main role, premiered in Cannes.