New Five-Minute Clip From Live-Action Space Battleship Yamato


One of my all time favorite things growing up was “Star Blazers” (“Voltron” was also in the running), the Americanized version of the Japanese anime “Space Battleship Yamato”. So when I heard that there was going to be a live-action adaptation, I was immediately intrigued. When the first trailer hit, I started to get excited. When the next trailers hit, I got even more excited. The movie just opened in Japan, and now a five-minute clip of the film (that looks like it aired as part of a cooking show) has found its way onto the internet.

Here is a synopsis of the film:

The year is 2199, and the Earth has been under radioactive siege from extraterrestrials known as the Gamilas for five years. The Earth’s surviving population has moved underground to escape the bombardment, but the contamination is slowly penetrating to reach them. The last space battleship of the exhausted Earth Defense Forces, Yamato, sets out on a journey of to Iscandar, a planet located in the Large Magellanic Cloud, to acquire a device that can heal the ravaged Earth before it is too late.

From what you can see from this clip, “Space Battleship Yamato” looks like it just might live up to my unrealistic expectations. The movie stars Takuya Kimura (“Hero”, “I Come With the Rain”, “2046”), Koyuki (“Blood: The Last Vampire”), and Aya Ueto (“Azumi”), and directed by Takashi Yamazaki (“Returner”). Hopefully we’ll be able to find some import DVDs sometime in 2011.

Author: Brent McKnight

Brent McKnight lives in Seattle with his dogs. He likes beards, movies where things explode, and overcast skies. His three favorite movies are "Rubin and Ed", "A Bittersweet Life", and "Out for Justice". He wishes his knees didn't hurt. On Twitter @BrentMMcKnight
  • B-flash

    Another good anime made live action and looking great.

  • Anonymous

    That’s such a god damn tease to cutaway before the Wave Motion Gun goes into effect! And I’d also like to see the full show so we can find out why half the cast seem to be in Iron Chef Yamato outfits

  • Howling Hank

    Saw the film and it left me cold, So many things looked great, costumes, some of the spaceships, the Yamato itself, and the Wave Motion Gun effect is awesome…the movie suffers from BSG inspired vibe, uneven effects, a small scale – the bridge of the Yamato looks smaller than my living room, as well as the flight deck, there were only 5 Space Marines/Commandos, and perhaps a half dozen Black Tiger fighters…and really bad bad Gamilons…and a Steve Tyler Armageddon-esque song at the end…a big letdown, go watch the anime instead…

    • Anonymous

      Since they haven’t appeared in any early photos or clips, how do the Gamilons look? Did they go for plain green bodypaint a la Orion slave girls or add prosthetics or what?

      • Howling Hank

        Hi Erick,
        Not to spoil, but none of the above, and to be honest that above everything else tanked the movie for me, making it look like some low budget Asylum mockbuster SyFy direct to discount bin DVD feel.

        • Anonymous

          God damn it, seeing how this is one of those ambitious Copywood movies that Japan, South Korea, and Hong Kong produce once in a while, I think I have a pretty good idea how they went with the Gamilons and how bad an idea that is

    • Dedpool aka Jiinx

      *Sigh* Figures. I said it on the Gantz trailer page, and I’ll say it again, if only we could do with these what we’ve done with some of the more recent anime, a true fusion of production. “Afro Samurai” “Highlander: The Search for Vengeance” and “Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust” were all done with the specific intention of being released here in the states. The story was created in Japan, or in some cases created jointly between East and West. I think if a similar method was done for live action adaptations of anime they’d come out better. US money and SFX but Japanese story, actors and directors or co-directors. Ah well. Hopefully Dicaprio gets his Ninja Scroll film done with the J-pop stars and such.

      • Howling Hank

        I hear ya…I just don’t understand why the unnecessary tweaking to what I thought was a pretty solid & successful story already. I could live kinda sorta with BSG riffs, but the Gamilons just sucked…of course your mileage may vary :)