Dai-Nipponjin (Big Man Japan)
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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,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Somewhere there is a stranger film than Big Man Japan, but it would be hard to find."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"The film, written, directed and starring stand-up comic Hitoshi Matsumoto has, like most superheroes, a tragic flaw: It isn't funny."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"An affectionate parody of Japanese giant-monster hero shows to make points about the unraveling of Japan's cultural heritage."
‑ Burl Burlingame, Honolulu Star-Advertiser
"The movie doesn't get truly weird until the Power Ranger-style superheroes show up, and the special effects get even more low-rent. Then it really takes off."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"If Christopher Guest made a Japanese monster movie, the end result might be Big Man Japan."
‑ Todd Gilchrist, Sci Fi Wire
"This inspired 2007 send-up of the atomic-monster genre gets a fair amount of comic mileage from Daisato (played by the director) being anything but a big man."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"At nearly two hours, Big Man Japan is clever (in a sick sort of way) but overlong. It needs judicious editing -- more mockumentary, fewer superhero antics."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"The movie's shambling, matter-of-fact approach to pulpy material is funny, as is its steadfast avoidance of visual hype."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Big Man Japan shows a good mockumentary needs more than killer concept to make us howl."
‑ Christian Toto, What Would Toto Watch?
"Smart spoof of the Japanese giant-monster genre."
‑ Fr. Chris Carpenter, Movie Dearest
"Very funny in an insidious way."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"As in life, the nonmonster stuff goes on too long. But wait until the giant baby shows up."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"Big Man Japanis built around a funny concept, vaguely akin to Hancock: its title character is a superhero who is a bit of a loser.Unfortunately, the concept is not enough to sustain entire the film."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, Cinefantastique
"This is Matsumoto's first feature (he's a famously odd Japanese comedian), but it's a distinctively bizarre piece of work. Remember the name."
‑ Kurt Loder, MTV
"A cheesy B-movie that's initially refreshing, funny and a guilty pleasure, but eventually sinks into tedium while its comic energy and imagination concurrently diminish."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
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