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You had to know that Takashi Yamazaki would return to science fiction one day.  And that when he did he would do so in a big way.  A to-the-bone effects geek, Yamazaki rose through the ranks directing television while also pursuing parallel careers in animation and special effects before rising to international attention directing the Takeshi Kaneshiro starring sci-fi action picture Returner.  Promising as Returner was, however, it was also quite flawed and it wasn't until Yamazaki turned from the future to the past that he found widespread success, striking massive commercial and critical success with his shamelessly nostalgic Always pictures.  But now he's back where he belongs.

Space Battleship Yamato is one of Japan's most famous and longest running anime series, the classic story of humanity's best and brightest packed into a massively powerful spaceship on a last desperate mission to claim a device that can cleanse and heal the shattered earth.  Yes, it's safe to assume Yamato was a major influence on Battlestar Galactica.  And now Yamazaki is at the helm of a big budget live action film version of the tale, working from a script by K-20 director Shimako Sato - also Yamazaki's wife - with SMAP's Takuya Kimura in the lead.

Though the film is still a full year from release the first teaser has already been released and it's looking good.
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Major_RagerJanuary 3, 2010 11:02 PM

Even though the Japanese are far better at their comic book-to-film adaptations than we in the west, this still looks kinda garbage-y.

steiner from marsJanuary 4, 2010 6:24 AM

the ship looks great but why Takuya Kimura, why!

Rhythm-XJanuary 4, 2010 2:43 PM

It looks like the world's most expensive cosplay with nice sets and somewhat dodgy FX. This doesn't strike me as a property that will translate well to live action in the first place. Ancient WWII battleship retrofitted as space cruiser? In animated form, no problem. In live action - I have my doubts. Even a live action COWBOY BEBOP makes more sense, but thank God nobody would ever be that stupid.

Todd BrownJanuary 4, 2010 3:12 PM

This just recently went into production and doesn't release until December so it's a safe bet that all effects in this are temp only. Yamazaki is arguably the best effects guy in Japan and he's got lots of money to play with here, so I'm pretty confident everything will be fine on that front ...

Major_RagerJanuary 4, 2010 11:18 PM

Hey now... Kimura is AMAZING in Bushi no Ichibun!

Ard VijnJanuary 5, 2010 6:05 AM

Well, Meisa Kuroki is in this film too (if strangely absent from this teaser), and after having seen "Assault Girls" I consider myself to be a bit of a fan so I'll be there.

HANKDecember 6, 2010 5:09 AM

The movie was pretty uneven with SFX copied from BSG which looked good to some sub-par video game generic looking crap. The Gamilons sucked and killed the entire movie for me, so all the winks, nods, and cool costumes, pretty cast was swept away by a giant ship that seems to be manned by 47 people, a bridge that is smaller than my living room, and a launch bay that was as big as a Whirlpool fridge, 5 Space Marines and 6 Black Tiger underwhelming as NASA's big announcement of life that lives in a hostile enviornment....