Directed by Dominic Pearce and Aaron McCann Australia /2016 / 86 Mins / In English and Japanese with English subtitles / Colour
COLLECTOR’S EDITION out MARCH 18, 2019 DUAL FORMAT BLU-RAY & DVD w/collectable slipcase
Audio Commentary / Original 9min Pilot Episode
Stunt Team Pre-Vis Fights / Making Of
Trailer / Photo Gallery
SYNOPSISSamurai, robots, flying tiger sharks, time-traveling baseball players and alien monsters: the legendary – and above all notoriously bad – Japanese detective series Ronin Suiri Tentai had it all. In Japan, the series was strangely enough no more than a modest success. But in Australia, where it was released in the early 1990s under the title Top Knot Detective, the series became a gigantic cult hit.
More than two decades after the unexpected end of the series, after only two seasons, two Australian ‘documentary makers’ set off in search of answers to questions that have fascinated Australian audiences for years. What was the reason for the sudden demise of Top Knot Detective? And what happened to deviser, director, writer, producer and protagonist Takashi Takamoto, from whom nothing has been heard for the longest time?
A hilarious mockumentary about a hilarious cult series: one you would hope really had existed.
“A fun, endearing look at a fictional creation, and it’s enough to make you a fan of the show that never was.” – Film School Rejects
“I want to believe Top Knot Detective existed, and if it doesn’t, I’m sure as hell glad McCann and Pearce created it, because it’s goddamned hysterical.” – Screen Anarchy
“Brash, bold and utterly batshit, Top Knot Detective documents a bygone television sensation so crazy that you would be forgiven for not believing in the truth of any of it.” – ScifiNow