In March 2009, Magnet will release the comedy Big Man Japan, the sixth film in its ongoing Six Shooter Film Series, into North American theaters and on VOD.
Big Man Japan follows a middle-aged slacker named Daisato, who’s living in a rundown, graffiti-ridden slum. His 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.
Director: Hitoshi Matsumoto
Cast: Hitoshi Matsumoto, Riki Takeuchi, Ua, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Haruka Unabara, Tomoji Hasegawa, Itsuji Itao, Hiroyuki Miyasako, Takayuki Haranishi, Daisuke Miyagawa
Big Man Japan is the sixth film in Magnet’s Six Shooter Film Series, a series of six films highlighting the vanguard of genre cinema from around the globe. Also included in this series are: Let The Right One In (Sweden), Special (US), Nacho Vigalondo’s Timecrimes (Spain), Ollie Blackburn’s Donkey Punch (UK) and Eden Log (France).