TERRA FORMARS: Full Trailer For Miike's Violent SciFi Picture Suggests Maybe We Should Just Stay Where We Are

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TERRA FORMARS: Full Trailer For Miike's Violent SciFi Picture Suggests Maybe We Should Just Stay Where We Are

After a long build up the full trailer for Miike Takashi's big screen adaptation of popular manga and anime series Terra Formars has arrived with our first significant look at the scope of the world and the action at hand. And I would say there is reason for at least cautious optimism.

Miike stalwarts Ito Hideaki (Lesson of the Evil, 2012), Yamada Takayuki (Thirteen Assassins, 2010) and Oguri Shin (Crows Zero, 2007), and Rurouni Kenshin star Takei Emi all star in the tale of humanity returning to colonize Mars hundreds of years after leaving moss and cockroaches there to begin the terraforming process and render the planet habitable. What they discover, however, is that the cockroaches have evolved into a race of hulking and ultraviolent aliens who are not at all happy about humanity's arrival.

This is where things get dicey with the source material as the creature designs basically render the bugs as exagerrated black men with strong racial (and racist, frankly) undertones running throughout the material. Miike appears quite aware of that particular issue here and has tweaked the designs enough that while they are still true enough to the source work to not have the hardcore fanbase raise a stink they are also looking far more insect in origin than they are Scary Black Man With A Club Coming To Take Our Women.

Check out the full theatrical trailer alone.

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soupcrusherMarch 3, 2016 8:58 AM

I don't see the trailer here :(

Jeremy A HuntMarch 3, 2016 9:03 AM

No trailer here, I can't find it online either T_T

Todd BrownMarch 3, 2016 9:08 AM

Huh. That was weird. It's fixed now, not sure why it dropped.

Todd BrownMarch 3, 2016 9:08 AM


soupcrusherMarch 3, 2016 9:32 AM

Ichi the Killer style heel slice towards the end. Looks fun. Thanks.

Jeremy A HuntMarch 3, 2016 9:46 AM

YAY! Thank you! I have been following your guys' coverage on this movie very closely :D

BosMarch 3, 2016 9:58 AM

What a waste, it looked very decent for the first half....you know, before the bullshit.

Andrew MackMarch 3, 2016 10:03 AM


ManateeAdvocateMarch 3, 2016 11:41 AM

I typically don't skip Miike films. I will be skipping this one.

Ard VijnMarch 3, 2016 11:56 AM


HlimeMarch 3, 2016 12:27 PM

You guys mean the CGI?

Sylvestre MatuschkaMarch 3, 2016 1:02 PM

Wow...that looks really bad.

Guro TakuMarch 3, 2016 2:16 PM

It clearly says that the film has received a "G" rating, i.e. the lowest possible rating in Japan. I wouldn't go in expecting a gorefest.

omnisemantic1March 3, 2016 3:24 PM

Eh? I really don't get what some people are complaining about... The only lame thing about this trailer is the obligatory J-pop song at the end. Haven't seen the anime, so unless this has toned down violence in comparison (as the comment below mine suggests), count me confused ^^

Rage72March 3, 2016 10:25 PM

Does Japan purposely try to make their cgi effects look so bad?

Ard VijnMarch 4, 2016 4:13 AM

No, I can live with bad CGI.
It's more the... what shall I call it? The overall attitude with regards to visual design. The first half is filled with moments that work for me, the second half makes me cringe.

Flower & MonsterMarch 5, 2016 6:14 PM

They don't have ILM or WETA.

ZetobeltMarch 5, 2016 7:54 PM

Wow. A must see! I love japanese sci-fi... and the Miike's movies.

"The creature designs basically render the bugs as exagerrated black men with strong racial undertones".

Like Star Trek's Klingons?

ZetobeltMarch 5, 2016 7:57 PM

Japanese movies are a lot cheaper than films like Pixels and Fant4stic... and also a lot more entertaining.

ZetobeltMarch 5, 2016 7:58 PM

Japanese G obviously isn't like US PG.
When was the last time you saw a giant roach breaking a girl's neck?

Todd BrownMarch 5, 2016 8:43 PM

There were definitely some overtones with the Klingons (particularly early on, which they tried to rectify with Worf, in particular) but nothing that comes anywhere close to the the obvious racist stuff happening in the source manga here. It's pretty flagrant.

Shelagh M. Rowan-LeggMarch 6, 2016 5:20 AM

Is it just me or does the team outfit make them look like Star Wars stormtroopers?

ZetobeltMarch 7, 2016 9:41 AM

I didn't read the manga. Did you? You don't seem like the type...

Ard VijnMarch 7, 2016 10:43 AM

Here's a good overview of the issues people have with the manga: http://thekenpire.com/2015/03/...

ZetobeltMarch 8, 2016 6:31 AM

Thanks, but don't reads comics. I prefer movies. And I though Twitch was a site for people who loves movies.

Anyway, the link you gave me it's a blog. So... It's only an opinion. Not the truth.

I'm going to see the film anyway.

PS: Since when Twitch became so... anti japanese? ;-)

ZetobeltMarch 8, 2016 6:34 AM

Did you skip "Big Bang Love, Juvenile A" or "Ninja Kids!!!"?
You are no a Miike fan. ;-)

ZetobeltMarch 8, 2016 6:47 AM

Todd, almost 99% of US Sci-Fi movies are about their xenophobic fears. First the Red menace. Then the germans. Then the japanese. Now the arabs. Always "Us versus Them". So what? Let me enjoy the films! XD

ZetobeltMarch 8, 2016 6:49 AM

It's only a teaser. The CGI aren't finished. Give the film a break! ;-)

ManateeAdvocateMarch 8, 2016 7:10 AM

No, I own Big Bang Love, Juvenile A, but I did skip Ninja Kids.

ZetobeltMarch 8, 2016 8:26 AM

See? You didn't see all Miike films. Not by a long shot! ;-)

ManateeAdvocateMarch 8, 2016 8:54 AM

Incorrect. I have seen 90-95% of his films and own just about every possible NA release. What's your game here? I'm not the target demographic for Ninja Kids and therefore passed on it. Get over it. If I say I'm a Miike fan then I am.

ManateeAdvocateMarch 8, 2016 5:38 PM

No one is stopping you from enjoying films. The rate at which you've plastered this comment section makes you appear as a plant and/or straight up freakshow. Relax. People have differing opinions and outlooks. If this movie excites your senses, then bully for you. Stop pestering people who have opposing viewpoints. I don't passive aggressively ride people who aren't enticed by a movie that I'm stoked for. Grow up already.

ZetobeltMarch 8, 2016 7:45 PM

Relax. I find amusing that "a Miike fan" would like to pass this film. That's all...

ZetobeltMarch 8, 2016 7:46 PM

I'm sorry. But, as a Miike fan, I find rather annoying this "review". That's all.

And this message was for Todd. Are you his lawyer or something? ;-)

ManateeAdvocateMarch 8, 2016 7:54 PM

Nope. I'm a stalwart Miike fan to a point and I find you annoying as fuck is all. This is simply a cash-in for Miike as far as I'm concerned. Fine by me, but I'm not going to waste my time watching it. Yet I've wasted my time on this back an forth. So be it. I await Miike's next, personal endeavor.

Todd's opinion bothers you? Oh fucking well. I don't always agree with Todd, but I don't go out of my way to shit on him when I do. He has a personal view that, while I don't always agree with him, I sure as fuck respect it.

ManateeAdvocateMarch 8, 2016 7:57 PM

Really? Quotes? Who the fuck are you all of a sudden? Fandom police? My fandom is mine and mine alone. Your quantification means fuck all to me. Jesus fucking Christ. Yes, this self-proclaimed Miike fan is going to pass on this like I passed on Ninja Kids. Fuck off already.

Ard VijnMarch 9, 2016 3:48 AM

No, that's not just you. Also, it looks kinda hot on some of them.

mercyMarch 9, 2016 4:46 AM

This is looking to be the most portant film of all time..

ZetobeltMarch 9, 2016 10:21 AM

Talking about annoying people! ;-)

ZetobeltMarch 9, 2016 10:25 AM

You want a quote?
"I typically don't skip Miike films. I will be skipping this one."

PepsimanMarch 25, 2016 4:27 PM

He sure takes his Miike films seriously.