Dai-Nipponjin (Big Man Japan)
Dai-Nipponjin (Big Man Japan) (2009)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 15, 2009
DVD Release Date: July 28, 2009
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Hitoshi Matsumoto's indescribably odd mockumentary is undeniably inspired.

Tom Long
Detroit News

Somewhere there is a stranger film than Big Man Japan, but it would be hard to find.

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

The film, written, directed and starring stand-up comic Hitoshi Matsumoto has, like most superheroes, a tragic flaw: It isn't funny.

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Burl Burlingame
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

An affectionate parody of Japanese giant-monster hero shows to make points about the unraveling of Japan's cultural heritage.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

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.

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Rob Gonsalves

The movie's shambling, matter-of-fact approach to pulpy material is funny, as is its steadfast avoidance of visual hype.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Very funny in an insidious way.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

As in life, the nonmonster stuff goes on too long. But wait until the giant baby shows up.

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Steve Biodrowski

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
Devon Bott
Movies don't come more oddball than this. Japan's version of "Hancock" is also a loving tribute to the 60s live action kids shows. Big Man… More
Steve K
A terrific idea ultimately done in by overlength. An enjoyable main character, some fun, goofy, and slightly disturbing monsters, and the documentary approach… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
More than just a homage to kaiju flicks, you can feel Matsumoto is meditating a lot about the routine of living in Japan for a middle age man. A clever approach… More
El Hombre Invisible
A mockumentary about a man on the Japanese government's payroll to transform himself into a giant and battle creatures that threaten. Depressed and… More
Randy Tippy
I know a lot of people hated this one, but I for one thought it was hysterically funny. The monsters are totally outrageous and the ineptness of the… More
JY Skacto
If there are any people that are fans of Japanese movies in general, then this film should be on their "must see" list.<p>This film plays out… More