Friday, July 31, 2009

Big Man Japan

being a pretty huge fan of kaiju eiga [怪獣映画], it would follow that i would like 'Big Man Japan', the pseudo-documentary about a man that protects japan from raging monsters bent on destroying it [or at the very least, creating trouble and blocking traffic].

i found the deadpan of our hero pitch-perfect; his reluctance to pretend to be a hero seemed so genuine - it's his family legacy to be the Big Man [he is the sixth, his late father was the fifth, and his grandfather was the fourth and so on]. the random rocks coming in the window added to his less-than-happy existence, further evidenced by the continuous barrage of nasty notes and signs directed at him.

the ultraman-like family that showed up at the end to save his butt was hilarious, and got even more absurd as the family sat around and complained during the closing credits.

so if you like japanese monster movies and ultraman-type fare, you should get a kick out of this.

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