Quick—who is the greatest inventor who ever lived? Edison? Tesla? Frink? How about Dr. Yoshiro Nakamatsu? Never heard of him? Let’s see… he has over 3000 patents (Edison had a measly 1093). He can barely take a step (inside or out) without tripping over one of his inventions. From a wrist-strap cellphone to a water powered vehicle and a push-up bra this film is an endless parade of the doc’s practical and quirky brain children.

When Dr. Nakamatsu is not inventing he sleeps four hours a day and sumo wrestles skinny dudes for fun. He’s taken photos of every meal for the last 35 years and invented a practical diet from it.

In this slow paced but entertaining documentary, we follow Dr. Nakamatsu as he approaches his 80th birthday and the unveiling of his latest invention. I left inspired and amused, wondering how much more I’ll be accomplishing once I figure out how to sleep four hours a day.

Mike Peredo
Intermedias reviewer at VIFF 2010

The Invention of Dr. Nakamats
Directed by Kaspar Astrup Schröder