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Anime fan favourite Space Pirate Captain Harlock stars in a new movie... but is it worth the wait?
If you're a fan of manga, you probably already know Harlock, although his fan following is much larger in France, Quebec and Japan. Harlock is the brainchild of Leiji Matsumoto (creator of Space Battleship Yamato/Star Blazers). Harlock was created in the 50s, but his breakthrough came in 1978 with the release of the original television series, Space Pirate Captain Harlock. He has since then seen many incarnations, but he had been absent from our screens since 2002. Given the current trend of revisiting old franchise favourites, Harlock was bound to suffer the reboot treatment at one point. Harlock has already been rebooted several times over the years, long before the term "reboot" was actually coined, so it shouldn't have been a big deal, but some fans feared that Harlock's move to the big »
Second World War kamikaze drama “The Eternal Zero” has emerged as one of the most popular films at the Japanese box office of recent years, having topped the list for an impressive eight consecutive weeks and now ranking as the country’s fifth highest-grossing live-action film of all time. Based on a novel by Hyakuta Naoki, the film was directed by Yamazaki Takashi, helmer of the hit nostalgic “Always” series and who recently gave audiences the visually stunning “Space Battleship Yamato” update. Like many modern Japanese war themed films, “The Eternal Zero” revolves around a present day framing device, in this case following Kentaro (Miura Haruma, “Space Pirate Captain Harlock”), a law student who has failed the bar exam several times, and who at his grandmother’s funeral finds out that his grandfather Oishi is not in fact his biological grandfather. Aided by his sister Keiko (Fukiishi Kazue, “13 Assassins”), he looks into the matter, »
- James Mudge
While the world continues to experience Attack on Titan-mania, Toho is banking on the live-action adaptation of another wildly popular manga: Hitoshi Iwaaki’s Parasyte. It looks like just the sort of mix of cute, ugly, weird, and violent we expect from Japan.
Alien “parasytes” come to Earth and start taking over humans by entering people’s bodies and latching onto their brains. They can deform human bodies in ways that would make John Carpenter’s The Thing smile.
Teenager Shinichi gets infected by an alien called “Migi”, but since it is only able to control his right arm, the two come to an understanding and work together to stop the evil parasytes that only want to consume and control us.
Did you get all that? If not, here’s an even longer, more detailed synopsis of the plot.
One night by the seaside, tiny creatures, or "Parasytes, »
The Hollywood live-action film adaptation of the hit 1970s anime series "Space Battleship Yamato" (aka. "Star Blazers") has been a long time coming, mostly due to some thorny rights issues regarding the work.
In late 2012, filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie told Dark Horizons that after years of talks, the last few issues were being worked out regarding the rights to the property. At the time he said: "Yes, the longest rights negotiation of planet Earth. I think we're very very close to finally… there's one last piece in the chain that needs to be worked out and when that's done I would immediately be able to start writing that."
It sounds like that has happened as the Sports Nippon newspaper (via Anime News Network) reports that McQuarrie will shoot the project next once he wraps his work on the currently filming "Mission: Impossible 5".
Skydance Productions and Voyager Entertainment are producing the »
- Garth Franklin
If you.ve been wondering what is going on with the long in-development live-action big screen update of the classic anime series Space Battleship Yamato, then today.s news is likely to make you happy. Sort of. The project, which has been kicking around in development since at least 2011, is still inching toward production and Mission: Impossible 5 helmer Christopher McQuarrie is still driving the ship. According to Japanese newspaper Sports Nippon . with helpful translation from the Anime News Network - the Space Battleship Yamato movie has been green-lit and will hit theaters in 2017-2018, if all goes according to plan. The new Space Battleship Yamato will tentatively be rechristened as Star Blazers (in a move guaranteed to annoy otaku around the globe.), but those worried that the film will lose touch with the source material should breathe easy. The project will be overseen by Shoji Nishizaki, son of the »
Though it was a little bit hit and miss, we have a lot of love for Yamazaki Takashi's Space Battleship Yamato here at 24Fps. Well, he's back, taking us to the skies of the Pacific War in The Eternal Zero. Based on the novel by Hyakuta Naoki, the war drama chronicles a young man's investigation into the life of his biological grandfather, a kamikaze pilot who died during the war. Featuring state-of-the-art special effects by Yamazaki – also the special effects supervisor of the film - Eternal Zero has some of the most realistic aerial battles ever created in the history of Japanese cinema. Topping the Japanese box office for eight consecutive weeks, The Eternal Zero is the fifth highest-grossing live-action Japanese film of all time, and it's yours to own from September 5th on a limited edition Hong Kong version English subtitled DVD. Synopsis: After his grandmother's funeral, law student »
Big budget blockbuster versions of old school anime and manga favourites are still very much in vogue in Japan, with the likes of “Space Captain Harlock”, “Space Battleship Yamato” and others having hit the screen in recent years. “Gatchaman”, better known to western viewers as “Battle of the Planets” (or possibly “G-Force: Guardians of Space”) is the latest to make the leap, director Sato Toya (“Kaiji: The Ultimate Gambler”) offering up a new, special effects heavy take on Yoshida Tatsuo’s early 1970s series “Science Ninja Team Gatchaman”, with Ayano Go as Joe (“Rurouni Kenshin”), Matsuzaka Tori as Ken (“Love for Beginners”), Goriki Ayame as Jun (“Kiyosu Conference”), Hamada Tatsuomi as Jinpei (“Umizaru Brave Hearts”) and Suzuki Ryohei as Ryu (“Forbidden Superhero”). The film is set in 2050, with the world having been invaded by the Galactors, an evil race of humanoid beings led by the evil Berg Katse, who manage to conquer half the planet, »
- James Mudge
For most children aged between 3-12 in Japan and other parts of Asia, there is no manga/anime character more enduringly beloved and recognizable than Doraemon, the futuristic robotic cat who travels back in time to aid the young boy Nobita Nobi overcome his many shortcomings. Created by the mangaka duo, Fujiko Fujio in the 70s, the long running sci-fi comedy manga went on to spawn an anime series and multiple films released annually via Toho.This summer will mark the first CG/3D animated take on the popular franchise in Stand by Me Doraemon from the director duo, Takashi Yamazaki (Always: Sunset on Third Street, Space Battleship Yamato) and Ryuichi Yagi (Friends: Naki on Monster Island) with a script by Yamazaki. The story is based on the...
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A fictional account of a Japanese WWII pilot that features the most breathtaking images of aviation seen in an Asian war film since South Korea’s “Soar Into the Skies” (2010), “The Eternal Zero” marks another vfx victory for helmer Takashi Yamazaki, here surpassing the technical sorcery of his “Space Battleship Yamato” while delivering an elegantly crafted human drama. One of Japan’s 10 biggest hits of all time (having bagged $82.7 million to date), the eight-week B.O. champion cloaks its nationalistic message in an emotionally wrenching story that sweeps the viewer right along — but cops out in the finale, with a glorification of kamikaze missions that contradicts its initial criticism of blind patriotism. While Koreans and mainland Chinese may take issue with the film’s ideology, its crackling action scenes rep a selling point in other overseas markets, even if its mammoth length presents a challenge for theatrical release.
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- Maggie Lee
9 items from 2014
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