Never heard of “Gantz”, but then again, I’ve never heard of a lot of things from Japan. “Gantz” is from Hiroya Oku, and was a manga and anime before it became a live-action movie. It looks like a teenage sci-fi action movie, or at least, lots of stuff blows up in these two teaser trailers for the film. Looks kinda fun. There are two parts, both due out in 2011. Sorta like the “Harry Potter” and “Twilight” movies, except with Japanese teenagers in black leather. Hey, it is Japanese, after all. (And is that the Mortal Kombat theme song playing over the trailers?) Via Nippon Cinema.
The films star Kazunari Ninomiya as as Kei Kurono and Kenichi Matsuyama as Masaru Kato, two college students who die in a train accident only to be brought back to life by a mysterious black sphere known as GANTZ. Equipped with advanced weaponry and special suits that give them superhuman abilities, they’re forced to carry out alien assassination missions, earning “points” toward eventually buying their freedom. However, various incidents along the way complicate matters.
Starring Ken’ichi Matsuyama, Kazunari Ninomiya, Yuriko Yoshitaka, Kanata Hongô, Tomorowo Taguchi, Natsuna Watanabe, Shun’ya Shiraishi, Kensuke Chisaka, and directed by Shinsuke Sato.