Dainipponjin (Big Man Japan)

July 4, 2008
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“In long takes that cut like early Jarmusch, the first half hour rambles on with downbeat wit before dropping a boulder of truth on our heads…”
Village Voice

2007, 113 min., 35mm. Directed by Hitoshi Matsumoto. With Hitoshi Matsumoto, Riki Takeuchi and UA. NY Premiere.

Official selection, Cannes 2007.

When duty calls, Daisato steps into a pair of oversized purple briefs and is electrocuted to become a "Dai-nipponjin" (giant Japanese). The last in a long line of revered Dainipponjin, Daisato horrifying “kaijus” (monsters) through the cities of Japan with nothing more than a stick. But unlike the glory days of past Dainipponjin superheros, Daisato is ridiculed and taunted by present-day society as a nuisance. Japan’s most popular comedian Hitoshi Matsumoto stars and directs this whacky kaiju spoof about the perils of so-called heroism and celebrity.

$11 general / $7 Japan Society members & seniors
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Part of JAPAN CUTS – Festival of New Japanese Film.
Co-presented with the New York Asian Film Festival.

  • Friday, July 4, 2008
  • 2:30 pm