Big Man Japan


Our Saturday night Midnight Madness feature.

Director: Hitoshi Matsumoto
Country: Japan (2007)
Language: Japanese with English subtitles
Running Time: 113 minutes
Screening: Saturday, March 28, 2009, 11:30 p.m.
Read Erik McClanahan’s review of this film.

Living in a grim, graffiti-laced slum of Tokyo, Mr. Daisato, speaking to a documentary film crew about his mundane life, complains about his salary, his estrangement from his wife and daughter, and his aging, Alzheimer-afflicted grandfather. His life would seem unremarkable save for the fact that his job involves transforming into a giant and battling the many monsters out to destroy Japan. Plagued by an embarrassed family and an agent who insists on branding him with sponsor advertisements, Mr. Daisato faces a public increasingly dissatisfied with the noise and destruction he makes.

A wickedly deadpan spin on the giant Japanese superhero and Japanese monster movie classics, Big Man Japan, directed by and starring one of Japan’s supterstar comedians, is perhaps one of the most weirdly hysterical mock documentaries out there and an outrageous comment on pop culture.

Big Man Japan has entertained audiences at the 2008 San Francisco International Film Festival, the 2008 San Diego Asian Film Festival, the 2008 AFI Dallas International Film Festival, the 2008 Independent Film Festival of Boston and many others.

See a preview of Big Man Japan.