With help from his colorful friends, Kim Cannon Arm sets out to break the world record and do what no one has ever done before: play his favorite arcade game Gyruss for 100 hours…nonstop.
Kim Cannon Arm is not your average grandpa. With killer hand-eye coordination and a mean mullet, he's a legendary fixture at Copenhagen's Bip Bip Bar, and renowned for playing the 80s arcade game Gyruss for 49 hours straight on a single coin. With help from his buddies at the bar, a community of heroic outsiders who support one another no matter what, Kim attempts to obliterate his previous record and play for 100 consecutive hours (four days!). Dense with nerdy narration and deep thoughts, quantum physics and pattern recognition, this quest follows Kim and the gang as they apply their collective knowledge to the task at hand—leaving their mark on the world and paying tribute to a fallen friend. In this quirky comedy, filmmaker Mads Hedegaard provides a surprisingly philosophical look at legendary world records, quirky hairdos, the importance of community, and what a real hero looks like.
For as long as human beings have existed, so has competition and different ways of challenging yourself and each other. An urge that can be traced all the way back to cave paintings, which pictured people competing with one another. Kim Cannon Arm is a true legend of arcade games. He and his friends from Bip Bip Bar set out to break the world record of his favorite game Gyruss, which is known as one of the most intense arcade games ever invented. He is planning to play nonstop for 100 hours - that is four days in a row. Kim obviously needs to be in good physical shape before he tries to break the record, and the game needs to be specifically planned so that Kim can once in a while get a 15-minute break on a mattress in the corner. Director Mads Hedegaard has created a film full of vibrant colors, electric sounds and catchy music by Iron Maiden, Bach and Bonnie Tyler as well as a big love for all the characters in the film. The friends from Bip Bip Bar play all the old games that have paved the way for the big esport tournaments and star players of today. Playing is a way to challenge ourselves individually, but also something we do together. Cannon Arm and the Arcade Quest is a film about fellowship and the bonds that keep people together. Kim, Carsten, Dyst and all their friends have found each other in the environment of arcade games. Only with the power of unity can it be possible for Kim to achieve his goal. Mads Hedegaard says: “Probably not everyone in the audience has an interest in video games or arcade games, but that’s okay, because you don’t need to – I don’t either. Ultimately, I feel that it has ended up as a film filled with warmth and subtle wit as well as the natural excitement that comes from all record attempts. Will our hero Kim Cannon Arm succeed in the challenge before him? The characters will hopefully over the course of the film emerge as actual people, who the audience will end up caring about, and perhaps also remind the audience that there is more to all of us than is apparent at first glance.”