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Director
Hitoshi Matsumoto
Filmography
2007 Dainipponjin

Biography
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.

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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.


Director:Hitoshi Matsumoto
Script:Hitoshi Matsumoto, Mitsuyoshi Takasu
Cinematography:Hideo Yamamoto
Editing:Hisaya Shiraiwa
Sound:Mitsugu Shiratori
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)
Producer:Akihiko Okamoto
Production:Yoshimoto Kogyo Co., Ltd., Japan
Production Country:Japan
Co-production:Realproducts Incorporated, Japan
Format:35mm Color
Duration:113'
Production Year:2007
Screening Schedule
JOHN CASSAVETES:Saturday, November 17, 2007 - 1:00
PAVLOS ZANNAS:Monday, November 19, 2007 - 24:30
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