If you liked the down on his luck superhero elements of the Will Smith film Hancock, but weren’t as much into the ‘gods and love’ story that dominated the second half, you should give some attention to Big Man Japan. That is Hitoshi Matsumoto‘s 2007 Japanese mock documentary about a guy who can grow to gigantic size and fight monsters, but has to deal with a sagging public image. (It was released in Japan as Dainipponjin.)

Big Man Japan is weird fun, full of goofy CGI, and has one of the most batshit crazy endings I’ve seen in some time. (The end really plays with the film’s intentional similarity to Ultraman, and given that the rest of the film has things like a giant monster with an eye-tipped penis tentacle, the fact that the end stands out as really crazy should tell you something.) So, naturally, an American studio is going to try to produce a remake. Read More »

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The latest trailers for Symbol (or Shinboru) hint at an odd film that mixes the claustrophobia of Cube, the asylum-like paranoia of Jim Henson’s The Cube, and the random, colorful Japanese itemization of a Turbo Grafx 16 game import. Needless to say, I’m interested, and buzz on the latest film from Hitoshi Matsumoto, the Japanese star and writer/director of cult-faveĀ Big Man Japan, has it delivering on the promising, pristine imagery below. Nice pajamas, guy.

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Leave the King of the Monsters alone. He’s content at the bottom of the sea resting atop shipwrecked boxes of Asahi. Sure, Baby Godzilla wants him to pay for college, but so what? The kid is a disgrace better ignored and very likely egg-bodied for life. But today, according to Bloody Disgusting, Hollywood has dialed the King’s oceanic partyline in hopes of making another Americanized Godzilla movie.

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