He was born in in Amagasaki, Japan in 1963. He made his acting debut in 1983 on the television comedy Downtown. Since 1990, he has appeared in numerous popular television comedies. In 1998, he published Visualbum, a collection of stories. Dainipponjin, in which he also stars, is his first film as director.The film was invited to the Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes IFF 2007.
Dainipponjin / Hitoshi Matsumoto
Dai Sato is your typical Japanese working class schlub.There’s never quite enough money, there are few prospects for the future, he hardly ever sees his daughter, and his grandfather suffers from dementia. But there’s more! Dai Sato is also Dai Nipponjin (Dai the Great Japanese), a sixth generation superhero who grows to enormous size when exposed to electricity and battles the monsters rampaging across Japan! Too bad nobody cares… Shot in faux documentary style with a film crew following the daily life of this unlikely superhero, the film is a sly parody of both day to day working class life and the Japanese superheros of yore, all played with a deliciously dry sense of humor.
|Script:||Hitoshi Matsumoto, Mitsuyoshi Takasu|
|Music:||Towa Tei, Art Direction:Yuji Hayasda, Etsuko Aikou|
|With:||Hitoshi Matsumoto (Dai Sato/Dainipponjin), Riki Takeuchi (Hanerunojyuu), UA (Manager Kobori), Ryunosuke Kamiki (Dounojyuu), Itsuji Itao (Female Niounojyuu)|
|Production:||Yoshimoto Kogyo Co., Ltd., Japan|
|Co-production:||Realproducts Incorporated, Japan|
|JOHN CASSAVETES:||Saturday, November 17, 2007 - 1:00|
|PAVLOS ZANNAS:||Monday, November 19, 2007 - 24:30|