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Big Man Japan (2007)

Dai-Nihonjin (original title)
PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi | 2 June 2007 (Japan)
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An eccentric man living alone in a decrepit house in Tokyo periodically transforms into a 100-foot tall giant in order to defend Japan against similarly sized monsters.

Director:

Hitoshi Matsumoto
4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hitoshi Matsumoto Hitoshi Matsumoto ... Masaru Daisatô / Dai-Nihonjin
Riki Takeuchi ... Haneru-no-jû
Ua Ua ... Manager Kobori
Ryûnosuke Kamiki ... Warabe-no-jû
Haruka Unabara Haruka Unabara ... Shimeru-no-jû
Tomoji Hasegawa Tomoji Hasegawa ... Interviewer / Director
Itsuji Itao ... Female Niou-no-jû
Hiroyuki Miyasako Hiroyuki Miyasako ... Stay With Me
Takayuki Haranishi Takayuki Haranishi ... Male Niou-no-jû
Daisuke Miyagawa ... Super Justice
Takuya Hashimoto Takuya Hashimoto ... Midon
Taichi Yazaki Taichi Yazaki ... Daisatô's Grandfather
Shion Machida Shion Machida ... Daisatô's Ex-wife
Atsuko Nakamura Atsuko Nakamura ... Bar Proprietress Azusa
Daisuke Nagakura Daisuke Nagakura ... Daisatô's Grandfather - Younger
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Storyline

An eccentric man aged about 40 lives alone in a decrepit house in Tokyo. He periodically transforms into a giant, about 30 meters tall, and defends Japan by battling similarly sized monsters that turn up and destroy buildings. The giant and the monsters are computer-generated. Written by Ed

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Genres:

Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action and crude humor | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Despite premiering at the Cannes Film Festival, the film was not released theatrically in France, going instead straight to DVD. See more »


Soundtracks

Fureai
Music by Taku Izumi
Lyrics by Keisuke Yamakawa
Performed by Masatoshi Nakamura
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Serious Satire
15 July 2012 | by CamuntSee all my reviews

It's weird that this movie is portrayed as a comedy because this is actually a serious film for the most part. It's a mockumentary, but it's played as completely serious, not like Spinal Tap. The movie takes its premise very seriously. It's actually a pretty sad film, despite its comedic portrayal in the trailer. It's a very quiet film, almost introspective at times. It's an observance of Japanese culture and how they don't really like giant monsters anymore...but in this world, the giant monsters still exist. And Daisuke is unappreciated as such. Very cool film, but I didn't find it quite as uproariously hilarious as it's portrayed. That's what I was expecting, but it certainly wasn't what I got. Not that that was a bad thing! I just didn't get what I was expecting at all.

All in all a good film. The ending is pretty ridiculous and it moves slowly at times, but it was a rather deep film, and when it tried to be funny, it definitely hit its mark.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

2 June 2007 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Big Man Japan See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,133, 17 May 2009

Gross USA:

$40,796

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,795,470
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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