Melnitz Movies, in co-sponsorship with the Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, presents a free screening of BIG MAN JAPAN.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM James Bridges Theater Melnitz Hall Los Angeles, CA 90095
Big Man Japan (Dai-Nipponjin) tells the tale of Daisato, a middle-aged slacker living in a rundown slum, whose job entails being shocked by bolts of electricity that transform him into a giant 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 complain about the noise and destruction 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. (In Japanese with English subtitles) 113 min.
“Tears-down-the-face funny and a genuine, jaw-dropping oddity.” -Russell Edwards, VARIETY
“This feature debut by popular Japanese comedian Hitoshi Matsumoto is a daffy and highly entertaining mash-up of monster movie and mockumentary.” -Jason Anderson, EYE WEEKLY
Free ticket required, one ticket per person. Box office opens at 6:30pm. Parking available in lot 3 for $9. For more info on the screening and for directions, please visit: http://gsa.asucla.ucla.edu/melnitz/