Big Man Japan

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Big Man Japan
Japanese poster art
Directed by Hitoshi Matsumoto
Produced by Akihiro Okamoto
Written by
Music by Tōwa Tei
Cinematography Hideo Yamamoto
Edited by Soichi Ueno
Distributed by
Release date
  • June 2, 2007 (2007-06-02)
Running time
113 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Box office $9,763,244[1]

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.


Actor Role
Hitoshi Matsumoto Masaru Daisatō/Big Man Japan
Riki Takeuchi Leaping Monster
Ua Manager Kobori
Ryūnosuke Kamiki Child Monster
Haruka Unabara Strangling Monster
Tomoji Hasegawa Interviewer
Itsuji Itao Female Stink Monster
Hiroyuki Miyasako Super Justice's Mother
Takayuki Haranishi Male Stink Monster
Daisuke Miyagawa Super Justice
Takuya Hashimoto Midon
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

U.S. release[edit]

Magnolia Pictures gave the film a limited release in April 2008.[2] It was released on DVD July 28, 2009.[3]


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."[4] Metacritic rated it 62/100 based on 13 reviews.[5] Roger Ebert said the film was "very funny in an insidious way" and gave it three and a half stars out of four.[6]

American remake[edit]

The Hollywood Reporter wrote that there was a remake in the works. Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi were reported to be writing the script and Neal H. Moritz the producer.[7]


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  2. ^ Savlov, Marc (April 25, 2008). "'Big' in Japan, but What About Austin?". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  3. ^ Rich, Jamie S. (2009-08-09). "Big Man Japan". DVD Talk. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Dai-Nipponjin (Big Man Japan) (2009)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Big Man Japan". Metacritic. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  6. ^ Ebert, Roger (June 24, 2009). "Big Man Japan - Reviews". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved January 25, 2012.  3.5/4 stars
  7. ^ Blair, Gavin J. (June 6, 2011). "'Big Man Japan' to Get Hollywood Remake". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 30, 2012. 

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