Big Man Japan (Dai-Nipponjin)

Rated PG-13 113 min. 2009

A middle-aged slacker living in a rundown, graffiti-ridden slum, Daisato's job involves being shocked by bolts of electricity that transform him into a stocky, stick-wielding giant several stories high who is entrusted with defending Japan from a host of bizarre monsters. But while his predecessors were national heroes, he is a pariah among the citizens he protects, who bitterly complain about the noise and destruction of property he causes. And, Daisato has his own problems--an agent insistent on branding him with sponsor advertisements, an Alzheimer-afflicted grandfather who transforms into a giant in dirty underwear, and a family who is embarrassed by his often cowardly exploits. A wickedly deadpan spin on the giant Japanese superhero, "Big Man Japan" is an outrageous portrait of a pathetic but truly unique hero.

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Official Site: www.dainipponjin.com/index.html

Director: Hitoshi Matsumoto

Writer: Hitoshi Matsumoto and Mitsuyoshi Takasu

Producer: Akihiro Okamoto

Cast: Hitoshi Matsumoto, Riki Takeuchi, Ua, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Haruka Unabara, Tomoji Hasegawa, Itsuji Itao, Hiroyuki Miyasako, Takayuki Haranishi and Daisuke Miyagawa

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