Big Man Japan

2009 | 113 min. minutes | Rated PG-13

Being a superhero is hard work. Doubly so for Masaru Daisato (played by Big Man Japan's writer/director/star Hitoshi Matsumoto): Masaru has the ability to grow to monstrous size, yet, long past his prime, he's mocked and ignored by the populace of Japan and lives a lonely, unappreciated life. He works for the government—every once in a while, his cell phone rings, letting him know he has to go fight a monster—and spends his free time eating noodles, hanging out with his embarrassed daughter, and wondering if his agent is embezzling his money. The battle scenes—in which a CG, super-sized Masaru fights CG, super-sized creatures—are fun, but Big Man Japan's real draws are its melancholy, faux-documentary segments, where we learn what a superhero's day-to-day life is like. (Psst: Kinda crappy!)

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