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“Big Man Japan,” bizarre update on Japanese monster movies, includes giant senile grandpa in underpants.

I haven’t read any reviews of this movie, or done any due diligence other than knowing that they do, in fact, show movies at the Downtown Independent, but the synopsis sold me:

A middle-aged slacker living in a rundown, graffiti-ridden slum, Daisato’s job involves being shocked by bolts of electricity that transform him into a stocky, stick-wielding giant several stories high who is 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 bitterly complain about the noise and destruction of property 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. A wickedly deadpan spin on the giant Japanese superhero, BIG MAN JAPAN is an outrageous portrait of a pathetic but truly unique hero. (dir. Hitoshi Matsumoto, Japan, 2007, 113 min, PG-13, 35mm.)

Big Man Japan shows tonite, (April 13) at 10pm, and it’s ten bucks. I say that’s a good gamble, especially since you can bring your beer (from the Independent’s bar) into the theatre.

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