Today we have the trailer for a live-action adaptation of the Japanese animated series "Gatchaman." The new movie is directed by Toya Sato (Grave of the Fireflies) and stars Tori Matsuzaka as Ken (aka Gatchaman). Check out the trailer below.
Plot: Set in the near future, "Gatchaman" follows the story of five special agents of the International Science Organization in Tokyo as they try to protect the world from a mysterious terrorist group that calls itself Galactor. With technology that far surpasses that of humans, Galactor has declared war on the entire world. Trained to draw out the power from the mysterious crystal-like object called a "stone," our five heroes will be called "Gatchaman."
"Gatchaman" is set to hit theaters in Japan on August 24th.
Not a bad trailer...I would rather see the Americanized version "Battle of the Planets" be adapted into a movie, even though I've never seen one episode of either "Gatchaman" or "Battle of the Planets". It does seem, however, that the Japanese aren't that far behind as far as big budget movies go. It is just a lot harder for them, because their actors just look weird and corny all the time, and they won't make enough profit in places like America. Perhaps a Japanese studio should consider hiring a popular American actor to try and sway audiences into believing that it's a quality film. Something like the Last Samurai, but actually backed by a Japanese film studio. I don't know, I'm just BS'ing.
At 45 seconds you see a female super villain version of the Donnie Darko rabbit demon and at 1:00 it becomes a video for an artist called Bump of Chicken. The Japanese have too much going on and a lot of time on their hands.