'Big Man Japan'
(Riki Takeuchi, et al / DVD / PG-13 / (2007) 2009 / Magnolia Home Entertainment)
Overview: 'Big Man Japan' is an outrageous portrayal of an original superhero. As Big Man Japan, Daisato inherited the role of defending Japan against a host of bizarre monsters. He receives high-voltage electroshocks which transform him into a stocky, stick-wielding giant several stories high. However, where his predecessors were revered as national heroes, he is an outcast among the citizens he protects.
DVD Verdict: I saw this film back in 2007 at a secret screening as Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX. I've been wanting to rewatch this film for some time now simply because I haven't seen anything since that has given me such a WTF good time.
This is something you should go in with as little knowledge of as possible, the audience I watched this with as well as myself found it hard to make it through the first 20 or so minutes of this film because its pacing is just not meant for a midnight movie audience. But it's after this 20-25 minute marker when you discover what this movie is about ... and damn, if it isn't worth the wait!
The fight scenes are simply over the top and a delight, each one being memorable in their own way, him vs his grandpa is fun for sure, and a flashback sequence to our hero as a kid and jumper cables on the nipples! Frickin' classic! It's something to be watched with friends and, in my humble opinion, this will find its audience and work its way to being a cult classic. [BL] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.