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

June 21, 2013
Source: YouTube

Gatchaman Movie

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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Reader Feedback - 30 Comments


I think it looks pretty cool

Zero on Jun 21, 2013


Same here...

Scopedog on Jun 21, 2013


Aww...shiiitt. GATCHAMAN!!!!

DAVIDPD on Jun 21, 2013


wasn;t there mention of this a few years back on here? Or was it a short?

Carpola on Jun 21, 2013


The concept art looked great, doesn't seem like the film though.

Carpola on Jun 21, 2013


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.

MM on Jun 21, 2013


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.

Robert Jensen on Jun 21, 2013


I feel like I just watched the movie 😉

Danimal on Jun 21, 2013


bump of chicken. that is all.

Nick Sears on Jun 21, 2013


That's the tastiest part.

cobrazombie on Jun 22, 2013


Power Rangers?

matthew on Jun 21, 2013


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

Kirk Mailloux on Jul 14, 2013


Its this or nothing.I choose this, plus it would stick to the source more than if Hollywood made this. Phoenix!

mooreworthy on Jun 21, 2013


Wacky indeed...... LOL XDdddddddd

dvt on Jun 21, 2013


HELL yess! Loved the Anime as a child, can't wait to see this!

Daiteechu on Jun 21, 2013


uuh yes.

Akwasi Asabere on Jun 21, 2013


G-Force! I don't know what you're talking about, that looks great!

DRM on Jun 21, 2013


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.

The Slayer on Jun 21, 2013


HAHAHAHAHA!!! My Favorite after school cartoon!!! Firey Phoenix FTW!!!!

GForceForever on Jun 21, 2013


Duh Duh Duh Nuh Nuh Duh Nuh Nuh Duh

HMOsSuck on Jun 21, 2013


Look closer to the source material than Man of Steel...

DoigtDuPeuple on Jun 22, 2013


Its based on a Cartoon Series , Battle of the Planets .

Mulder on Jun 23, 2013


And Battle of the Planets is a sad re-write of Gatchaman.

NoProblem on Jul 17, 2013


Awesome! G Force! (and not that unrelated Guinea Pig crap they released a few years back, seriously WTF was that?!)

Dresden on Jun 23, 2013


The costumes aren't that bad...they're just....Japanese....

Oct8pus on Jun 27, 2013


That's because Gatchaman is Japanese.

NoProblem on Jul 17, 2013


It says Chicken Bump at 1:01. He he....

Oct8pus on Jun 27, 2013


That's the name of the Japanese musical group that performs the song.

NoProblem on Jul 17, 2013


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.

Ted on Jun 29, 2013

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