Tokusatsu Kigeki Ooki Yuuzou: Jinsei saidai no kessen presents a strange situation rooted in the real world yet taken into the cinematic place of the kaiju: a monster is using the COVID-19 pandemic to take over Tokyo while only one man, the recently downsized Yuzo Ooki can save the world. Yet first he has to figure out his new office, filled with a furry dog person, a garbage thief, a gambling salaryman, a man who would rather be a fitness instructor than work in an office and a horrible boss. And oh yeah, his girlfriend has just dumped him.
The real joy of this movie is that the actual monster — and the alien drama that brings it here — are less important to the story than Yuzo overcoming the human drama that we all have to face, such as making new friends, reinventing your life after failing at a job and keeping one’s happiness even when it seems impossible. Dressing up like Bruce Lee? Well, that can help.
This movie was part of the Another Hole in the Head film festival, which provides a unique vehicle for independent cinema. This year’s festival takes place from December 1st – December 18th, 2022. Screenings and performances will take place at the historic Roxie Cinema, 4 Star Theatre and Stage Werks in San Francisco, CA. It will also take place On Demand on Eventive and live on Zoom for those who can not attend the live screenings. You can learn more about how to attend or watch the festival live on their Eventlive site. You can also keep up with all of my AHITH film watches with this Letterboxd list.