Saturday, February 20, 2010

It's The Office meets Cloverfield! Or something!


Big Man Japan (2007)

Featuring: Hitoshi Matsumoto, Riki Takeuchi, Ua

What's all this then?: It's kind-of sort-of present day Japan, and a documentary crew are following an unassuming and somewhat depressed man as he goes about his daily business. What we've unassumed about him is that on occasion he gets "baked" by a division of the Japanese military. I feel it's necessary to clarify that in this context "getting baked" means he gets electrical currents shot through his nipples until he transforms into a twenty storey giant and then does battle with some equally large monsters.

Small confession: I fell asleep a lot during this. It might have something to do with the tone of the film being unexpectedly bleak and introspective but I think the memory foam pillow I was lying on also played it's part. Have you ever felt one of those things? It's like sleeping on a pillow stuffed with angel feathers.

That being said: There are some nice moments to be had, mostly involving the crazy monster battles. I'll try to describe some of the monsters for you, but I probably won't be doing them any justice. Some samples of the ones I was awake for:

1) A giant stinky flower creature, which may or may not have been in heat. Yes, that kind of heat:











2) A big lazy baby:











3) A huge stretchy cord thing with a comb-over that wraps its arms around buildings then flips them over:











Then there's the ending:
Seriously, someone out there needs to watch this and explain what the hell was going on cause at the moment I'm stuck on: Those crazy Japanese! Eh eh? What is this, Southland Tales?

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