First Footage for Live Action GANTZ

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First Footage for Live Action GANTZ
[UPDATE:  Added an extended footage clip.]

Some actual footage broadcast from a Japanese entertainment news show for Shinsuke Sato's upcoming two-part live-action adaptation of Gantz has been uploaded on Youtube.  Also, there is a promo clip with a behind-the-scenes shots from the set and a preview at the several Gantz participants.  Here's the official synopsis via NTV:
College student Kei Kurono (Kazunari Ninomiya) witnesses his childhood friend Masaru Kato (Kenichi Matsuyama) attempting to help a drunk who has fallen onto the subway train tracks and spontaneously jumps in to help him. However, both are run down by the oncoming train...

In the next instant, they are transported to a strange apartment with others who should also be dead. In the center of the living room is an enigmatic black orb known as 'GANTZ'.

GANTZ enlists each of them on a mission to hunt down and exterminate 'aliens', providing them with fighting suits and weapons.

Is this a world of game or reality? Seeing people and aliens slaughtering each other, Kato is anguished, but Kurono gradually feels satisfied as he discovers his fighting ability...

With 'life and death' as the theme, this is a new type of suspense action entertainment!!
Apart from the two main leads, Kazunari Ninomiya and Kenichi Matsuyama, the other cast members consist of Kanata Hongo as Joichiro Nishi, Yuriko Yoshitaka as Tae Kojima and Natsuna Watanabe as Kei Kishimoto. Warner Bros Japan plans to theatrically release the first installment in January 2011 and the second in spring 2011.  You'll find the video footage embedded below.
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xinoMay 20, 2010 6:52 PM

the movie actually looks good and doesn't look like it'll disappoint!

I watched some of the anime series, really funny but extremely childish.

Let's just hope this will live up to the anime and won't retain the stupid childish acts.

aneonMay 20, 2010 11:09 PM

Looks fine for something that's not even finished yet. The producer updated GANTZ official site saying non of the CG is done yet and the ones that were shown are raws. They are very pleased with positive feedbacks from attendees and buyers at Cannes Film Market and promised more striking visuals in the end product. For now, it's already confirmed they'll be screenings of GANTZ movies in Germany, France, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore. ( )

dmack.caMay 20, 2010 11:09 PM

I'm usually weary about remakes and adaptations because I don't like the idea of tampering with the source material but... since GANTZ' ending was crap [spoiler lol], I'm actually interested in seeing how this goes. A second chance with what started out as a very cool story.

aneonMay 20, 2010 11:12 PM

The anime sucked and only covered less than half of the story. The manga way far better.

aneonMay 21, 2010 12:15 AM

*The manga is better

SusanMay 21, 2010 4:10 AM

Looks awesome! Just wish Yoshitaka Yuriko were not in this flick.

ChevalierAguilaMay 21, 2010 4:12 AM

I felt the manga (yes, the manga, not the anime) has a very interesting premise, but the execution is so-so. The manga is mostly just a series of violent battles against the aliens. Good for a while, but nothing worthwile remembering. The film could be a good chance of actually expanding both the story and characters. We'll see.

brbro4May 21, 2010 3:13 PM

This actually looks good. They're covering the guys in black suits (don't want to spoil it who they are) already? That happens pretty late in the manga.

aneonMay 21, 2010 9:35 PM

True. It was entertaining while it last. However, I still see the depth in the story even if I had to wade through all the fanservice and gore. I agree the not-so-perfect execution makes it a wonderful source for a film. Hope they won't disappoint.

radicalcompounds.wordpress.comMay 25, 2010 2:48 PM

Those expecting more existentialism out of the film will probably be disappointed. As a medium, film is probably even more commercial and spectacle-oriented than graphic literature. Expect good visuals though.

MartyMay 29, 2010 2:43 PM

Looks interesting and I have had no interest in Japanese cinema at all recently, due to amount of cheap looking shit that they release.

kumotsuMay 30, 2010 2:01 AM

Oh S#!$ the found WALDO!