Big Man Japan

May 15th 2009
  • Comedy/Drama,
  • PG-13,
  • 113 min,
  • Magnolia Pictures
  • Cast: Hitoshi Matsumoto, Riki Takeuchi, Ua, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Haruka Unabara, Tomoji Hasegawa, Itsuji Itao, Hiroyuki Miyasako, Takayuki Haranishi, Daisuke Miyagawa, Kenji Motomiya, Ryôji Okamoto, Ryushin Tei
  • Director: Hitoshi Matsumoto
  • Writers: Hitoshi Matsumoto, Mitsuyoshi Takas
  • Producer: Akihiro Okamoto
  • Associate Producers: Hiroshi Osaki, Isao Yoshino
  • D.O.P.: Hideo Yamamoto
  • Editor: Hisaya Shiraiwa
  • Music: Towa Tei
  • Production Designs: Etsuko Aikou, Yuji Hayashida


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.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • MPAA Warning: Sci-fi action and crude humor
  • Production Companies: RealProduct

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 2 June 2007: Japan
  • 8 November 2007: Hong Kong
  • 17 July 2007: Germany
  • 1 August 2008: Austria