Movies: Big Man Japan (Dai-Nipponjin)
Big Man Japan (Dai-Nipponjin)
Comedy
A middle-aged slacker living in a rundown, graffiti-ridden slum, Daisato's job involves being shocked by bolts of electricity that transform him into a stocky, stick-wielding giant several stories high who is entrusted with defending Japan from a host of bizarre monsters. But while his predecessors were national heroes, he is a pariah among the citizens he protects, who bitterly complain about the noise and destruction of property he causes. And, Daisato has his own problems--an agent insistent on branding him with sponsor advertisements, an Alzheimer-afflicted grandfather who transforms into a giant in dirty underwear, and a family who is embarrassed by his often cowardly exploits. A wickedly deadpan spin on the giant Japanese superhero, "Big Man Japan" is an outrageous portrait of a pathetic but truly unique hero. Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action and crude humor.
Cast: Ryunosuke Kamiki, Riki Takeuchi, Haruka Unabara, Hitoshi Matsumoto, Ua
Produced by: Akihiro Okamoto
Directed by: Hitoshi Matsumoto
Written by: Hitoshi Matsumoto, Mitsuyoshi Takasu
Running time: 1hr 53min
Opens: May 15, 2009 NY/LA
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