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See the First Wacky Trailer for Japan's Live-Action 'Gatchaman' Movie

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June 21, 2013
Source: YouTube

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Gatchaman! I can't believe they actually made this. Some may recall that for a few years we closely covered the development of an animated adaptation of Gatchaman, a Japanese manga/anime series. It was never finished and never released, however, the Toho Company in Japan decided to just make an entire live-action Gatchaman movie instead. And here we have the first trailer. I don't even know what to make of this (no subtitles yet) but the footage is wacky. Almost Power Rangers meets The Avengers, or something like that. Some of the VFX look good, but those costumes, my goodness. Maybe I'm missing the point? Check this out.

Here's the very first Japanese trailer for Tôya Satô's Gatchaman movie, from YouTube (via ComingSoon):

Set in the near future, Gatchaman (known as "Battle of the Planets" in the US) follows five special agents of the International Science Organization in Tokyo as they try to protect the world from a mysterious terrorist group called 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." The film stars Tôri Matsuzaka as Ken, Gô Ayano as Condor No Joe, Ayame Gôriki as Jun The Swan, Tatsuomi Hamada as Junpei The Swallow, Ryohei Suzuki as Ryu The Owl, Gorô Kishitani and Eriko Hatsune. This live-action Gatchaman is directed by Tôya Satô (Dream Master, Kaiji: The Ultimate Gambler, "Ghost Mama Sôsasen") and will hit Japanese theaters in August. So?

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  • Zero
    I think it looks pretty cool
    • Scopedog
      Same here...
  • DAVIDPD
    Aww...shiiitt. GATCHAMAN!!!!
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7YGEVuJ4mM Carpola
    wasn;t there mention of this a few years back on here? Or was it a short?
  • MM
    There was a full-CGI film in production recently that had even got as far as having trailers circulating online, but it got shelved indefinitely because the production company went bankrupt. This looks promising, except for the Bieber hairstyles and the poignant Bump of Chicken interlude.
  • Robert Jensen
    Never was a fan of the original anime, and I've loved watching anime since Astro Boy and Kimba back in the early 60's, but the movie looks pretty good.
  • Danimal
    I feel like I just watched the movie ;)
  • Nick Sears
    bump of chicken. that is all.
    • cobrazombie
      That's the tastiest part.
  • matthew
    Power Rangers?
    • Kirk Mailloux
      The source material of Gatchaman is older than the power rangers so this is not A Rip off of them. Google Battle of the planets
  • mooreworthy
    Its this or nothing.I choose this, plus it would stick to the source more than if Hollywood made this. Phoenix!
  • dvt
    Wacky indeed...... LOL XDdddddddd
  • Daiteechu
    HELL yess! Loved the Anime as a child, can't wait to see this!
  • https://www.facebook.com/asabere.akwasi Akwasi Asabere
    uuh yes.
  • DRM
    G-Force! I don't know what you're talking about, that looks great!
  • The Slayer
    I LOVED Battle of the Planets growing up over 30 years ago. I hope this is good. **Edit** I think it was called G-Force for awhile here in the U.S.
  • GForceForever
    HAHAHAHAHA!!! My Favorite after school cartoon!!! Firey Phoenix FTW!!!!
  • HMOsSuck
    Duh Duh Duh Nuh Nuh Duh Nuh Nuh Duh
  • DoigtDuPeuple
    Look closer to the source material than Man of Steel...
  • Mulder
    Its based on a Cartoon Series , Battle of the Planets .
    • NoProblem
      And Battle of the Planets is a sad re-write of Gatchaman.
  • Dresden
    Awesome! G Force! (and not that unrelated Guinea Pig crap they released a few years back, seriously WTF was that?!)
  • Oct8pus
    The costumes aren't that bad...they're just....Japanese....
    • NoProblem
      That's because Gatchaman is Japanese.
  • Oct8pus
    It says Chicken Bump at 1:01. He he....
    • NoProblem
      That's the name of the Japanese musical group that performs the song.
  • Ted
    Reviewer seems biased. "So?" at the end is uncalled for. Lots of people care and are waiting patiently for this flick. We'll judge it after we see it.

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