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cover: Big Man Japan (Dai Nipponjin)

Big Man Japan (Dai Nipponjin)

Director(s): Hitoshi Matsumoto

Theatrical Release: 2007

Cast: Hitoshi Matsumoto, Riki Takeuchi, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Itsuji Itao, Takayuki Haranishi, Haruka Unabara

Genre(s): Comedy, Sci-Fi, mockumentary

Countries: Japan

Location in store: Asian Cinema

(1 / 1)
Ant Rating
Running Time: 108m.

Director Hitoshi Matsumoto weaves this darkly comic mockumentary about a Japanese giant who continues the long-standing family tradition of facing off against Tokyo's most formidable monsters. Constantly caught in the middle of everyone's battles, Daisato finds his sincere efforts to keep the peace repeatedly belittled; he's divorced, his neighbors have covered his house in graffiti, and he gets nothing but dirty looks when he walks down the street. When we first meet Daisato, he is the subject of a television documentary. Though on the surface Daisato may seem like your average, slightly unkempt salaryman -- completely unremarkable in all respects -- it soon becomes apparent just how deceiving first impressions can be. After lamenting on camera the fact that he never gets any vacation time due to frequent calls from the Defense Department, the camera follows Daisato as he rides his motorbike to a Tokyo power plant, receives the jolt of electricity that transforms him into a hulking superhuman crime fighter, and clashes with a gargantuan leviathan intent on destroying Tokyo. Daisato comes from a long line of heroic heavyweights, yet while his ancestors were once championed with parades for their noble efforts, public interest in giant invaders has waned and Daisato has become something of a joke to the citizens of Tokyo. Not only is the noise generated by Daisato's battles regarded as a public nuisance, the property damage that he causes while defending the city has the citizens downright angry. Now, as Daisato attempts to balance his responsibilities to his ex-wife, his daughter, his agent, and his senile grandfather, the crushing weight of both his personal and professional obligations simply becomes too much to bear. (

Member Reviews

Great Concept, Poor Execution by Geek_Warfare - September 22, 2010
When I seen a trailer for this my heart started thumping, here is this fast campy over the top Japan making fun of Japan/Godzilla film. The claymaton stylization(actually i found out its 3d modeling just done with an interesting aesthetic) only added to the campy elements I thought were going to be present in this film.

The reality was very disappointing.

Essentially the movie is a mockumentary about a day in the life of a character who is essentially grows 40 feet and fights monsters when needed.

Ultimately its the pacing that kills the film. The main character is sluggish and portrayed as being nervous and soft spoken throughout the film which wouldn't be an issue if there was a solid counterbalance in place.

The fast pace of the fights shown in the trailer are non existent. Each fight is slow poorly animated with little to no audio giving you the feeling you are watching an unfinished rough cut of a student film.