Synopsis: Big Man Japan is an outrageous portrayal of an original superhero. As Big Man Japan Daisato in herited the role of defending Japan against a host of bizarre monsters. He receives high-voltage electroshocks which transforms him into a stocky, stick-wielding giant were revered as national heroes, he is an outcast among the citizens he protects.

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What happens to a family’s legacy when the sole heir is incapable of continuing their heroic tradition? In ‘Big Man Japan’, we find a protagonist who is so ambivalent about his life that he seems borderline depressed. This means that, unlike his forebears, he doesn’t have the drive needed to be a hero in his nation’s eyes and risks ending up relegated to the dustbins of history.

But is this a case of “chicken or the egg”? Is he depressed because he is largely useless in modern-day society? Or has he become largely useless because he is depressed?

Either way, this makes for an engrossing exploration of super-heroism gone astray. And it’s a blast! Even as he fights the weirdest enemies, Godzilla-style, we find his ambivalence affecting everything he does: from the way he tackles the monsters to the way he reacts to the pummelling he sometimes gets – much to the dismay of his publicist!

Though it might seems a tad sober, it’s also good for a few laughs along the way. For one, the film is peppered with much irony. Secondly, the monsters are jaw-droppingly weird and… hilarious! For instance, there’s the one-eyed, headless creature. And the one-legged, body-less jumping beast! Or the comb-overed, looped-armed creep!! Or…

It may not seem like it but, it’s a totally human tale! It’s just that it’s wrapped in a bizarre rubber suit – so it’s better suited to people who like character-development but who, inexplicably, also like Kaiju movies. Oh, it’s not exactly “everyman” fare, admittedly, but it’s a lot of fun and worth seeing – if only as a curiosity.

As far as I’m concerned, ‘Big Man Japan’ is Big Monster Fun!

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