Big Man Japan
|Big Man Japan|
Japanese poster art
|Directed by||Hitoshi Matsumoto|
|Produced by||Akihiro Okamoto|
|Music by||Tōwa Tei|
|Edited by||Soichi Ueno|
Big Man Japan (大日本人 Dai Nipponjin) is a 2007 Japanese film written and directed by and starring Hitoshi Matsumoto. It was well received by critics in the U.S., after many months of showings at various festivals and film events.
The film takes the form of a mockumentary that follows Masaru Daisato. Daisato is an otherwise normal Japanese citizen except for an inherited ability to grow to a height of approximately 30 meters in response to the application of high voltage electricity. As both his father and grandfather before him, Daisato has accepted the duty to protect Japan against various giant monsters while working for a sub-division of the defence ministry called the Ministry of Monster Prevention. The Battles with the monster are televised, and the ratings appear to drop or pick up depending on the event, most of the monsters have obscure abilities, and he generally defeats them. Despite his great powers, he increasingly finds himself mocked by his fellow citizens while struggling under the burden of living up to a heroic lineage that increasingly overshadows his own mediocre accomplishments as a monster fighter. To further complicate matters, he is deeply estranged from his own wife and child. Eventually, he encounters a particularly formidable monster, said not to be from Japan. He runs away from it, which just results in more ridicule. Eventually, he receives assistance from some other monster fighters to challenge it.
|Hitoshi Matsumoto||Masaru Daisatō/Big Man Japan|
|Riki Takeuchi||Leaping Monster|
|Ryūnosuke Kamiki||Child Monster|
|Haruka Unabara||Strangling Monster|
|Itsuji Itao||Female Stink Monster|
|Hiroyuki Miyasako||Super Justice's Mother|
|Takayuki Haranishi||Male Stink Monster|
|Daisuke Miyagawa||Super Justice|
|Taichi Yazaki||Masaru's Grandfather/the Fourth|
|Shion Machida||Masaru's Ex-Wife|
|Atsuko Nakamura||Bar Proprietress Azusa|
|Daisuke Nagakura||Masaru's Grandfather (young)|
|Motohiro Toriki||Masaru's Father/the Fifth|
|Keidai Yano||Young Masaru|
|Junshirō Hayama||Shintō Priest|
Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 78% of 32 surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating is 6.4/10. The site's consensus is: "Hitoshi Matsumoto's indescribably odd mockumentary is undeniably inspired." Metacritic rated it 62/100 based on 13 reviews. Roger Ebert said the film was "very funny in an insidious way" and gave it three and a half stars out of four.
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