DVD Review by Kam Williams
Headline: Campy Monster Mockumentary from
Back in the Fifties, there was an explosion of low-budget, sci-fi flicks from Japan featuring an array of enormous mutants ostensibly created by the fallout from the radiation of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Although this film is, by design, reminiscent of those cheesy, badly-dubbed, black & white productions, writer/director/star Hitoshi Matsumoto has come up with a clever enough variation on the theme to refresh the genre thoroughly.
The movie is essentially a mockumentary in which a camera crew with a nagging narrator (Tomoji Hasegawa) follows around a middle-aged man named Masaru Daisatou (Matsumoto). Masaru is down on his luck despite having the ability to morph into a powerful giant who comes to the rescue whenever a monster suddenly attacks
First, he rushes down to the electric company where he is turned into his superhero alter ego, Big Man
The reasons why he’s such a sad sack are plentiful. First of all, he’s separated from his wife who has found herself a new lover. Second, he hasn’t seen his 8 year-old daughter in 6 months. Then, there’s the fact that he’s the last surviving member of a dying breed which is no longer appreciated by his fellow countrymen.
Very Good (3 stars)
Rated PG-13 for action and crude humor.
In Japanese with subtitles.
Running time: 108 minutes
Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
DVD Extras: Deleted scenes and “The Making of” Featurette.