For Feb 17th- Big Man Japan

I was suggested this movie by Netflix a while ago, and needless to say, my interest was piqued.  I know that you may be thinking that perhaps I’m watching too many crazy Asian movies, but they are a lot of fun to watch, and that makes them very hard to resist.

I guess I just like to be consistently surprised by the wackiness that constantly comes out of movies like these.  It almost makes them more fun to watch than some of the stuff to come out of Hollywood in the last decade.

I do wish I knew more about the respective cultures involved, however, because then these films would probably make more sense.

Story/Writing: 1.5/2

A hilarious mockumentary about Masaru, a middle-aged man who lives alone, enstranged from his wife and daughter.  From time to time, he visits his grandpa in a rest home.  He rides a scooter as his main mode of transport.  He is also occasionally called upon by the government to transform into a larger version of himself to battle monsters as they wreak havoc across Japan.  Only points off are for a slow start.

Acting: 1.5/2

Pretty funny in a “The Office” kind of way.  The characters are all very nervous about the camera, as they never thought Masaru’s job would gain any media coverage.

Photography/Set: 1.5/2

The set pieces for Masaru’s everyday life are well put together and very believable, especially the protest posters.  I also really liked the fight scenes, and the sets available in those were cool as well.

Sound/FX: 1.5/2

Pretty good CGI effects for a lower-budget flick.  The monsters are all pretty unique and fun to watch.

Misc: 1.5/2

A good little movie with a lot of fun little pieces.  Pretty satisfying to watch, even if the ending was completely wacky, weird, and unexpected.

VERDICT: 7.5/10

An absolute must-watch for any Japanese monster movie fans.  Also good for off-beat comedy fans.

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About svolkmer

Photographer. Filmmaker. Nice guy.
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