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Screening of Big Man Japan

Melnitz Movies, in co-sponsorship with the Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, presents a free screening of BIG MAN JAPAN.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
James Bridges Theater
Melnitz Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Big Man Japan (Dai-Nipponjin) tells the tale of Daisato, a middle-aged slacker living in a rundown slum, whose job entails being shocked by bolts of electricity that transform him into a giant 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 complain about the noise and destruction 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. (In Japanese with English subtitles) 113 min.

“Tears-down-the-face funny and a genuine, jaw-dropping oddity.” -Russell Edwards, VARIETY

“This feature debut by popular Japanese comedian Hitoshi Matsumoto is a daffy and highly entertaining mash-up of monster movie and mockumentary.” -Jason Anderson, EYE WEEKLY

Free ticket required, one ticket per person. Box office opens at 6:30pm. Parking available in lot 3 for $9. For more info on the screening and for directions, please visit:

Sponsor(s): Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, Melnitz Movies

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