Hilariously titled 'R100' (meaning that this movie is not suitable for any persons under the age of 100), this story follows a well-off man with very few unusual things about him - except that he is a desperate masochist. After hearing about a mysterious organisation for sexual deviants, he signs up, with the information that he will be visited by a series of dominatrixes over the course of his one year contract and under strict instruction that he cannot cancel his year-long involvement before the contract's up. His daily life begins to take a turn for the bizarre, as he is repeatedly waylaid in the street and at home by ruthless leather-clad women who proceed to beat him, tie him up and whip him, almost drown him and spit on him. When the time comes that he can't take anymore, will he manage to find a way out?
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