Archive | January, 2011

Waiting for the Yamato

8 Jan

It’s been a month since Space Battleship Yamato, the live action film based on the beloved anime first aired in the 1970s, opened in Japan. (Many might know the series better as Star Blazers, as it was called in its US version.) The film was directed by Takashi Yamazaki (Returner, Always) and stars Japan screen idol Takuya Kimura. The trailers and clips that have leaked onto the internet look amazing and the reviews I have read promise a thoroughly fun film, whether you are a fan of the anime or not.

Here’s a clip of the opening scene:

And an extended clip showing the firing of the “Wave Motion Gun”:

Here’s the extended trailer:

As a live action space opera, the comparison with Battlestar Galactica is inevitable, as the following fan trailer nicely shows.

I’ve found English-language reviews of the film here and here. (Watch out for the spoilers.)

For fans around the world, the big question now is when — or if — the film will be shown in your market. IMDB lists the following international release dates:

Japan 1 December 2010

Taiwan 31 December 2010

Singapore 17 March 2011

Hong Kong 22 march 2011