Screened as part of NZIFF 2010

The Invention of Dr Nakamats 2009

Opfindelsen af Dr Nakamats

Directed by Kaspar Astrup Schröder

Entertaining portrait of manically creative 80-year-old Japanese inventor who holds the record for individual patents – over 3,000 – and counts the floppy disk and an aphrodisiac called Love Jet amongst his inventions.

Denmark In English and Japanese with English subtitles
57 minutes DigiBeta


Kaspar Astrup Schröder


Mette Heide


Adam Nielsen


Mark Mothersbaugh


Nakamatsu Yoshiro


Amsterdam Documentary 2009; San Francisco 2010


This hilarious portrait of a manically creative Japanese inventor is one of the more outstanding examples we’ve encountered lately of a documentary subject bent on directing a documentarian. — BG.

“Famed inventor Nakamatsu Yoshiro is quick to tell you that he holds the all-time record for individual patents – over 3,000, easily clearing Edison’s 1,093 – and that he counts the floppy disk, digital display, spring-supported running shoe, and an aphrodisiac called Love Jet among his many necessary contributions to global society. Kaspar Astrup Schröder’s follow-along documentary offers a tour of this great thinker’s current life and personal views on legacy and invention. He reaches his 80th birthday party along the way. No big deal. Dr Nakamats, as he is known, has an exercise and one-meal-a-day eating regimen that he says will carry him to an easy 144 years… Truth can be far more engaging than fiction, as proved in one of the most unrelenting and delightful hours you can spend in front of a movie screen.” — Arthur Ryel-Lindsey, Slant