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Battlefield Baseball (2003)

Jigoku Kôshien (original title)
Battlefield Baseball is a tough game--it doesn't end until all the members on the opposing team are dead. In this game the Gedo High team is composed of blue-faced zombies, and their ... See full summary »

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Yudai Yamaguchi

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Isao Kiriyama (screenplay), Gatarô Man (comic) | 2 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Tak Sakaguchi ... Yakyû Jubei
Atsushi Itô Atsushi Itô ... Megane
Hideo Sakaki Hideo Sakaki ... Hôichi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shôichirô Masumoto Shôichirô Masumoto ... Umpire
Akiko Mishiro Akiko Mishiro
Alex Revan Alex Revan ... Blaster
Kanae Uotani Kanae Uotani ... Young mother
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Battlefield Baseball is a tough game--it doesn't end until all the members on the opposing team are dead. In this game the Gedo High team is composed of blue-faced zombies, and their opponents on the Seido High team know they don't have a chance at beating them unless they can bring back a star pitcher who has a lethal pitch called the Super Tornado, but who has hung up his cleats and has no desire to return to the game. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Japanese

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10 September 2004 (South Korea) See more »

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Battlefield Baseball See more »

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Army of Darkness meets Excel Saga
1 May 2008 | by furexSee all my reviews

Or is it the other way round? ^^ Anyway, with cheesy SFX, over-the-top acting, and absolutely nonsensical jokes, Battlefield Baseball comes out as one hilarious film that doesn't take itself seriously for nary a minute - mixing some neat AoD tricks with the kind of Japanese humor, which is pretty typical of manga and anime.

I haven't had the pleasure to read the original manga, but the closest comparison I can call, considering all the lampooning going on here, is the anime version of Excel Saga (which incidentally has an episode about baseball heroes - make sure you watch that if you haven't yet!) The movie is quite successful in what it was trying to do (and probably one the few that manages to pull it off): it's guaranteed to make you laugh - provided you like the styles of the source material. And Tak Sakaguchi is simply great as the archetypal anti-hero a.k.a. the bad 'student with long hair and a dirty uniform'.

Two thumbs up!


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