Lately, I’ve been telling anyone who will listen how excited I am for “Big Man Japan,” the upcoming fictional documentary of Daisato, Japan’s last giant superhero, tasked with protecting the country from a variety of equally giant, terrifically absurd monsters.
A slacker who gets shocked with electricity to turn into his massive alter ego, but is disliked by everyone due to the damage he causes, Daisato fights all manner of bizarre creatures — including a “Strangling Monster” with a comb-over and, in the exclusive clip below, something aptly called “The Stink Monster.”
Amazing, right? The film opens at select theaters this week, but read on for more details about the film and where you might be able to feast your eyes on “Big Man Japan.”
The final release of Magnet’s “Six Shooter Film Series” spotlight genre cinema from around the globe, “Big Man Japan” will hit Los Angeles and New York theaters Friday, May 15. The slate of screenings will then expand through May and June. You can find out more about the schedule and screenings at Magnet Pictures’ official website.
Oh, and just in case that exclusive clip isn’t enough to drop your jaw, here’s the official synopsis for the film:
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.
You can also check out the official trailer for the film — which features some of the other strange monsters Daisato will take on.
What do you think of “Big Man Japan”? So crazy it just might work? Let us know!