Full trailer for the live-action adaptation of Osamu Tezuka’s 'MW'

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Full trailer for the live-action adaptation of Osamu Tezuka’s 'MW'

The teasers were exactly that, nothing but a tease but now we get a live-action adaptation of Osamu Tezuka’s manga MW and a look-see at some footage from the film. Not bad. As is par for the course the makers of the trailer 'wisely' decided to throw that standby JPop song smack dab in the middle of it. Please stop doing that, especially when it comes to trailers for thrillers and such. You're taking away from the feel of it.

When a top secret chemical compound called MW infects an island near Okinawa, the military is sent in to kill all the victims and cover up the incident. A survivor named Michio Yuki (Hiroshi Tamaki) grows up to become a highly-successful banker, but he is slowly being driven mad by the effects of MW. After committing a series of ruthless crimes to get revenge against the people responsible for the cover-up, he decides that the only way to truly get revenge is to unleash MW on the world and exterminate the entire human race.

I just finished watching Hiroshi Tamaki in the rom-com JDrama Nodame cantabile so seeing him all sinister and evil-like is making my head spin. So I've added a special something after the break as well to balance out our universes. But there is enough good looking stuff in the trailer that may make me want to see this. What will be the true tale of the tape is how fans of the manga will react to this adaptation and how far the producers and makers of the film were willing to go with what I understand is a pretty heavy source material.

MW Full Trailer

Hiroshi Tamaki - Mr Donuts TV commercial

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hellovoltageApril 29, 2009 11:28 PM

hay Mack - you're always hip to the latest & greatest!

i've been postin' a few new goodies (mostly Japanese) at my personal film blog. have a peek if you like! http://www.redpandafilm.com/

i'm a huge Twitch fan and you guys are always welcomed to repost anything i have up - i love to share!

ricky

cine_philApril 30, 2009 1:14 AM

Well, doesn't look bad... Don't know the manga. (So is Hiroshi Tamaki popular in Japan? Recently I've seen the first episode of Nodame Cantabile, so I'll probably just know him from that show.)

The usage of the pop song... that reminds me somehow of the ending of (the Japanese horror movie) 'One missed Call / You've got a call', directed by Takashi Miike. The last 45 minutes of the movie were just filled there with rather scary scenes, so I was quite puzzled when after the anticlimactic conclusion suddenly a happy-go-lucky pop song appears.(If I remember it right.) That just didn't really fit in...

MetrogenicApril 30, 2009 1:47 AM

Ah, I freaking love Mr. Donut. Beats the hell out of Dunkin'.

pochiWApril 30, 2009 2:21 AM

hmm they took a more cinematic approach than 20th century boy - that must count for something? :P whenever yamada speaks in a thriller i feel like it's Into the White Night all ovah again.

steiner from marsApril 30, 2009 2:33 AM

Yeah that´s true but I don´t know what do I prefer after watching the trailer.
The relationship in the manga seems so diferent. It is far more agressive for starters. And the priest actor is just well... thinking about this doesn´t make sense. I just think that all the manga feeling is lost which is a pity because is so good and I love it.
Anyway, I´m in, because I got hooked also to Nodame Cantabile u_u; and Tamaki is hot anyway haha...
The macha donatsu thing was cool, thanks,