Japan, 2007 (MIFF 2008, Nightshift)
Director: Hitoshi Matsumoto
"Dainipponjin has to be, hands down, the strangest picture in Cannes this year... [It is] tears-down-the-face funny and a genuine jaw-dropping oddity." - Variety
Stand-up comedian and actor Hitoshi Matsumoto adds ‘director' to his list of cred-entials with this absurd mockumentary about a mild-mannered man who turns into a mega-sized superhero whenever danger descends on Japan. Played by Matsumoto himself, this man is anything but super on a daily basis - his alter ego is buckling under the pressure of having to face-off with foes live on television while his viewer ratings continue to drop.
A guaranteed cult classic, Dainipponjin maintains its comedic freshness - among many head-scratching moments - from start to finish.
"Some films can be best described by the word ‘incomparable'." - International Film Festival Rotterdam
D Hitoshi Matsumoto P Akihiko Okamoto S Hitoshi Matsumoto, Mitsuyoshi Takasu WS Magnolia Pictures L Japanese w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2007/113mins