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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.