Fantasia 2016: Kaijyu Mono

A nerdy lap assistant is given a super-serum to fight a monster terrorizing Tokyo in Kaijyu Mono. A prehistoric monster known a Mono arises from its slumber and begins to terrorize Tokyo. Researching the monster’s DNA, Professor Saigo has created a serum known as SetupX to grant a human superpowers to fight the monster. Saigo’s assistant Nitta is chosen as the test subject and becomes both a worthy foe for Mono, as well as an instant celebrity.

Kaijyu Mono is a film that puts a comedic lens on the typical Japanese monster film. When he is injected with Setup X, Nitta transforms into a muscular giant, who is able to fight off Mono with a variety of wrestling moves. The grants Nitta instant celebrity, as well attracting the attention of foreign spies. However, Nitta quickly learns that defeating Mono for good might not exactly be an easy task.

Kaijyu Mono is an incredibly entertaining film, which has a lot of fun with the typical man-in-suit Japanese monster film. Whether it is Nitta having a full-on Rocky training montage or the constant fetishizing of his muscles, Kaijyu Mono is not a film that is meant to be taken all that seriously. So, just sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.

8 / 10 stars
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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).