Do you like the cold?


You know, I don't really think about it.


I guess I do, yes.

There's much more work...

and I am happier then.

"Please move to the front of the bus"

Do you think it will rain?

Maybe, Yes...

That's why...

I always carry an umbrella

They're very useful.

A nice umbrella.

It's a compact model.

I like it,

because it only gets bigger,

in times of need.

I love this place

Look at the state of that.

Very busy.


More umbrellas'?

Nothing special.

You like keeping cats?

No, I don't 'keep' cats.

I occassionaly play with her.

Was she a stray?


I don't know where she came from.

If I say she was a stray cat

then all cats are strays.

I'm really not sure...

But, I don't think that she was

a stray cat

If that's the case,

I am also just as free.

We were both born free.

What is that?

Dry and soft black seeds.

They're nice.

I like them very much

Immerse in water and they become

very big.

Very tasty.

They go with everything

A bit more on this...

They're good,

They enhance the flavour.

Do you always cook by yourself?

Yes, I like to cook,

as much as I can.

It gives me satisfaction,

most times.

Does your wife cook for you?

Not now.

We aren't together.

She doesn't...

Are you divorced?


For a while.

She lives with our daughter.

We don't see eye to eye.

Do you see your daughter?

Yes, we are very, very similar.

How old is she?

10 years old

Your daughter...


What is your monthly salary?

My income...?


My total income is around

300,000 Yen.

Enough to pay the rent?

Yes, it covers it.

What do you do in your free time?

That's a tricky question...

I'd like to say,

but let's not hurry things.

I don't just tell anyone.

Trust is important to me.

0 or so...

Special chow mein.

One special...

In general, how often does he come here?

About two or three times a week.

three times?

So, he's a regular?


And he always orders special chow mein?

Yes, like clockwork.

Anything else?

He doesn't order anything else,

just the special.

Nothing else?

No, that's his usual.

When did he first come here?

I really don't remember.

It's been a while now.

Did you know how famous he was?

Not really. No.

What do you think now?

Never judge a person

by his appearance.

Do you usually come

to this park?


my daughter used to play here.


think of her very often.

I like to reflect here.

You know,

I really wanted a boy.

Do you prefer boys?

It's not about preferences,

this new generation is so different.

They have...

no sense of responsibility.

But, I won't just give up on them.

Do you want another child?

I won't rule it out yet.

I just hope it's not another girl.

I have a plan,

and a strong belief.

Do you see her often?

Your daughter.


just once a month.

What do you do together?

You know,

usual stuff...

We go to the movies.

Do you ever go on holiday?

It's difficult.

I find,

I'm busy a lot with work,

and my daughter has to

go to school.

We get very little time off.


we don't go on trips.

Have you been abroad?

No, I have never been overseas.

I don't even have a passport


not because I am scared.

I'm not.

I don't have any anti-American sentiments.

Maybe, I just like

to stay close to Japan.

That's probably why.

Do you like the United States?


In these times,

there's no reason to be hostile.

It's a matter of education,

let people make up their own minds.

I don't look too deeply,

into these things.

Are you okay?


I feel embarrassed,

can you stop filming.


It's a business call.




Seems so...

That's an important role.


I know.

I know.

Please be quick.

I'll wait for you.

Who was that?

An old rival.


I may have to fight them.

This may be good news.

Can we continue the interview now?



Do you like Europe?


These questions!

My phone.



I can...

I know. I know.

I am on my way.

I know.

I'll call you.


I have to go now.

Yes, I have to see someone.

And us?

I can't, It's important.

Is it to do with your work?

Yes, it's work.



I received the order to come immediately.

I know.

I'm so sorry,

I am just filming him.

Please let us in!

I am sorry, I can't.

You can't?

You cannot go in Sir.

We won't be long.

You cannot go in, I'm sorry.

Please stay back.

Can we film from here?


Please do not approach him.

Keep your distance at all times.

Don't do anything to

upset his mood.

How long have you been his manager?

Since 2002.

5 years?


Are you very busy?


Recent viewer ratings

have not been very good.

They fluctuate, you know.

How does he become small again?

If you ignore him, he will

come back down to size.

Like a child?

Something like that.

Just like before?


Is this continuous...

Seem so.

How long does he take?

3 days,

Then he's back to normal.

He quickly gets back into his routine.

Your tights are very beautiful


What is that?

It's a dragon.

It's so hot.


Look at the size of the bed!

You can't come in here. What did we say.

He's still asleep.

Here is your dinner...

Another sponsor wants to come over,

I have arranged a meeting.


What do you think of Big Japanese Man?

He's in good shape,


Have you seen him?

Do you like him?

He scares me.

I saw him once

He causes a lot of trouble.

But he does have a playful side.

My mom says he's beautiful.

Do you feel completely recovered?


I feel fine.

Although sometimes it's hard to

judge yourself.

The cat has probably been missing me.

Do you ever get tired of it all?

Oh! That depends on the


Not knowing when the monster will

break out.

Or when to take a rest?

I don't know, it can happen anytime.

I'm running out of locations.

I can't rest.

I have to be ready to deal with it.

There are a lot of

photographs on your wall.

Who are they?

That is,

the fourth generation.

the fourth generation?

The fourth generation.

That one,

is my grandpa.

Your grandpa?

He was of a different time,

like the bubble economy,

Each night, everyone got

together to party,

Back then,

he had 50 maids!

And now?

This generation?

doesn't have any maids,


Even when they are single,

What are the wages like?

People have no concept of circumstances.

So, for now, I just try to

enjoy myself.

A month goes by so quickly.

My wage is barely enough to survive.

Soon, I'll have to rob banks to support


All I can do

is use my talent to make money.

Why were they more popular before?


because of the quantity of

the monsters.

How can I put this...

Today, this industry is very quiet,

now one must rely on

far fewer monsters.

And there's much less creativity,

Much less.

The monsters just don't appear

as often now.

They were better organised?

Back in those days.

It really was a golden time (age).

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Hitoshi Matsumoto

Hitoshi Matsumoto (松本 人志, Matsumoto Hitoshi, born September 8, 1963), or Matchan (松ちゃん) as he is commonly known, is one of Japan's most popular comedians and TV hosts. He is one half of the comedy duo Downtown alongside Masatoshi Hamada. Like Hamada, Matsumoto was born and raised in Amagasaki, Hyōgo Prefecture.Matsumoto has also directed several movies beginning in 2007 with Big Man Japan, several of which in he also starred as the main character. more…

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