Big Man Japan (2007)
Big Man Japan (大日本人 is a Dai Nipponjin, lit. Great Japanese)2007 tokusatsu kaiju film co-produced by Realproducts and Yoshimoto Kogyo Company and distributed in Japan by Shochiku. The film was released to Japanese theaters on June 2, 2007 and to American theaters on May 15, 2009.
Plot[edit | edit source]
A documentary film crew interviews and follows the life of Masaru Daisato, the sixth and current member in a family line of supernatural protectors of Japan who can temporarily grow into giants when infused with electricity.
Despite the fame and admiration the previous giant guardians had garnered, defending Japan from various monsters of similar heights, by Masaru's time, the tradition is viewed as old hat by the jaded Japanese public and controversial by the unfairly critical Japanese media even though giant monsters still menace the country on a near weekly basis and there is still a need for Masaru's service. It also doesn't help matters that Masaru himself is something of a loser: an unkempt divorced father living alone with a timid and lazy demeanor that only adds fuel to the criticisms especially when compared to his far more successful late father, The Fifth, and still living grandfather, The Fourth, the latter of which having succumbed to mental illness in his older age.
Staff[edit | edit source]
Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.
- Directed by Hitoshi Matsumoto
- Written by Hitoshi Matsumoto, Mitsuyoshi Takasu
- Produced by Akihiko Okamoto
- Executive producing by Yasushi Minatoya
- Music by Towa Tei
- Cinematography by Hideo Yamamoto
- Edited by Soichi Ueno
- Production design by Etsuko Aiko, Yuji Hayashida
Cast[edit | edit source]
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
Monsters[edit | edit source]
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Gallery[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Big Man Japan/Gallery.
Soundtrack[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Big Man Japan (Soundtrack).
Alternate titles[edit | edit source]
- Great Japanese (literal Japanese title)
- The Demon (English working title)
- The Electric Man (English working title)
- The Man of Electricity (English working title)
- Giant Japanese (Японский гигант; Russia)
- Very Big Japanese (Πολύ μεγάλοι Γιαπωνέζοι; Greece)
Theatrical releases[edit | edit source]
- Japan - June 2, 2007
- Hong Kong - November 8, 2007
- United States - March 13, 2008 (Cleveland International Film Festival); April 3, 2008 (Wisconsin Film Festival); July 4, 2008 (New York Asian Film Festival); May 15, 2009 [view poster]
- Germany - July 17, 2008
American remake[edit | edit source]
Because of the film's positive reception during its limited but lengthy theatrical run in America, Columbia Pictures optioned a remake with Neil H. Moritz attached as producer and Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi taking on screenwriting duties. The project went silent after its initial 2011 announcement but in 2013, the screenwriters gave the online new site Collider an update on the remake is still in the works but not much else. Afterwards, the planned American remake virtually vanished into Development Hell and is widely believed to have been quietly killed off.
U.S. release[edit | edit source]
Big Man Japan was first screened at the Cleveland International Film Festival on March 13, 2008, and was screened in April of the same year. at the Newport Beach International Film Festival and the Wisconsin Film Festival. On May 15, 2009 the film was given a theatrical release by Magnet Releasing.
Awards[edit | edit source]
|Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival||Best Film||Hitoshi Matsumoto||Nominated|
|Cannes Film Festival||C.I.C.A.E. Award||Hitoshi Matsumoto||Nominated|
|Golden Camera||Hitoshi Matsumoto||Nominated|
|Asian Film Awards||Best Visual Effects||Hiroyuki Seshita||Nominated|
Video releases[edit | edit source]
Madman Entertainment DVD (2009)
- Region: 4
- Discs: 1
- Audio: Japanese (5.1 Surround)
- Subtitles: English
- Special features: Japanese theatrical trailer, still gallery
- Notes: Released on January 22, 2009
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