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Big Man Japan is a mockumentary style film about the everyday problems of a regular guy…who just happens to grow into a giant when he is electrically charged in order to fight the monsters that invade the city at random. We follow this “hero” with a film crew and an interviewer in his day-to-day meanderings and then – when the city is threatened – we see events from a slightly different perspective.
Nobody seems to care about this guy even though he risks his life to protect the city on a regular basis, but it’s equally difficult for the audience to care because the film drags through its entire runtime. Maybe something was lost in translation, but it seems like the idea was to capture only the boring stuff that would have been cut out of an actual documentary… though what effect they hoped to achieve by doing this is unknown.
It’s possible that they intended to emphasize the monster battles by alternating those scenes with routine daily events, but even the monster scenes are dull. The actual monsters are interesting and different, but they’re presented in a way to make them seem mundane and commonplace. There is also a subplot with the grandfather that tries to be sad and comical at virtually the same time, but only succeeds at being pointless. And if all of these problems aren’t enough, the ending is a strange combination of unsatisfactory, incomprehensible and ridiculous.