Full Trailer For Takashi Yamazaki's SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO Packs Plenty Of Epic Into Just A Minute And A Half.

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Full Trailer For Takashi Yamazaki's SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO Packs Plenty Of Epic Into Just A Minute And A Half.
Look out, someone gave Japanese special effects genius Takashi Yamazaki a big bag of money and the rights to one of the nation's most famous space operas.

Yamazaki first drew serious attention with The Returner, his scifi-action fusion starring Takeshi Kaneshiro, in which he showed that even when under significant budgetary restraints he could pull off some impressive effects and action work. The Returner showed promise but it wasn't until Yamazaki changed gears completely with the uber-nostalgic Always films that he would break through as one of Japan's top directors, period, both in terms of box office and critical success. And though it's hard to think of the Always pictures as effects extravaganzas, seeing as they are basically period set dramas, the invisibility of the effects work is testament to Yamazaki's skill, as pretty much every shot has been altered in some way to create the authentic period feel of post-war Tokyo.

After the second Always the question was what would Yamazaki do next. Another intimate character film or big spectacle? Well, his next big effort was as the effects man on steampunk influenced adventure picture K-20 - directed by his partner / girlfriend / wife / whatever their official status may be Shimako Sato - and he's staying big with his next proper directorial effort, a big budget, live action adaptation of hugely popular anime series Space Battleship Yamato. He's keeping it in the family, too, as Sato wrote the script.

For those unfamiliar think Battlestar, basically, with the scrappy survivors of Earth all packed on to a big ship making their way across the galaxy. But think old school adventure story Battlestar, not new dark and grim Battlestar. Due for release in December, Space Battleship Yamato stars SMAP's Takuya Kimura in the lead and a new trailer has just arrived to show off the scope of what Yamazaki is up to.
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avatartheJune 28, 2010 12:44 PM

Funny, I think if you are old enough to remember the original Battlestar Galactica, then you are old enough to remember "Star Blazers"
I want to like this, but I don't know about this one, the effects look a bit "fake", I know big budget Japan is different from big budget US. but the New Galactica TV Series had a more expensive look than this....

BuddyJune 28, 2010 1:11 PM

I dont know for a Japanese movie it looks pretty darn good. In terms of fx.

DickJune 28, 2010 2:18 PM

Yeah, almost-but-not-quite-Syfy-channel production values are a pretty good achievement for a Japanese movie. I dunno if the movie'll turn out good or not, but those space battles look pretty coo'.

johnJune 28, 2010 3:06 PM

I want Wildstar's jacket! I guess they didn't show the wave motion gun in this because that's the big money shot in the movie?

freddo22June 28, 2010 6:25 PM

How cool is this!!!! When most kids were watching Robotech, I was watching Star Blazers!!!! I still have a bunch of episodes on VHS and loved watching this...definitely my second favorite cartoon next to Battle of the Planets!!!!!

PeterJune 28, 2010 7:06 PM

Movie looks awesome!
Bonus points if anyone can mention the TV show the clip is taken from, I feel pretty proud that I knew the answer immediately.

ChevalierAguilaJune 28, 2010 9:14 PM

I have nothing against Kimura....as long as he is not the lead actor. But he is here, the rest of the cast seems a bit bland. No big expectations so far.

60HertzJune 28, 2010 11:14 PM

Where's the wave motion gun? Is that what they were doing at the end... Gimme the Wave Motion GUN!

lol... anyway i'm not a big fan of japanese live action but i did love godzilla final wars so i guess there's hope for this!

Ard VijnJune 29, 2010 9:57 AM

As long as Meisa Kuroki is on board of that ship, so am I! ;-)

hanzoJune 29, 2010 7:43 PM

This looks really good. I disagree with the comment of BSG looks better. I have watched BSG. I thought that some of their effects looked cheep. Especially the cylons. And it looks waaaay better than any SyFy movie of the week. I hope the story is good because the anime story was deep. All n all I think think will be a good movie. I cannot wait for this. If this is a hit, somebody needs to do Atragon.

RaymondJune 30, 2010 12:47 AM

I was 9 or 10 years old ,Living in a small town of Arkhoma ,Okla. I saw these show and I fall in love with it. The story line,the people,and the ship. The song is still in my head after 32 years. Loved the trailer,keep up the good work .Hope it gets to Arkansas Big Screens.

zinjoJune 30, 2010 12:39 PM

The Battleship Yamato is such an icon in Japan, you do anything with that name and the investors will throw money at you.

"Otoko-tachi no Yamato" was a mediocre film, but was very popular in Japan because it was about the Yamato, the icon of Japanese national pride.

This film looks very promising. I would have preferred an update of the costumes and even the Space Battleship Yamato, but no doubt the nostalgia factor played very heavily in the production design decisions.

I'd say that coming from a market that doesn't spend as much on live action film productions as the US market, the FX are decent. Unlike the Korean industry that tends to farm out SPFX to established firms like Weta and US FX houses, this film is the strongest effort the domestic Japanese industry has produced in the SF genre.

I give them good marks for at least trying to develop a home grown SPFX industry...

earthlingpersonJuly 1, 2010 1:09 PM

This looks... amazingly perfect.

Halfway through season 1 of Battlestar Galactica, I remember suddenly smacking myself in the forehead and thinking, "Wow, this is a LOT like a live action version of Star Blazers." I never dared to dream we'd get the real thing!

TimJuly 6, 2010 11:36 AM

You can find a lot more news about this movie at starblazers.com, specifically on this page:

http://www.starblazers.com/html.php?page_id=465

Stay tuned to the site, since there will be a new report on the film every 60 days. (Next one comes August 1st.)

MortySeptember 18, 2010 11:39 AM

Hi, there's a new trailer out there:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sJrCxD3Zz0