I haven’t read the comic on which its based, but the I can tell you this much: The full-length trailer for the upcoming Japanese action opus “Gantz” looks extremely cool. And I’m not just saying that because I have a hard-on for lithe Asian peeps in skintight black outfits, either. Well, that might have something to do with it, but it’s not the only reason I’m eagerly anticipating this two-part epic’s eventual arrival onto North American shores. At present, the first entry in the series will hit Japanese theaters this January, while the second installment arrives in the spring of 2011. When the movies make their presence known elsewhere remains to be seen. I await this news with baited breath.
Here’s a meaty synopsis courtesy of Nippon Cinema:
The films are based on Hiroya Oku’s long-running manga about two students who die in a train accident only to be brought back to life by a mysterious black sphere called GANTZ. The pair, played by Kazunari Ninomiya of the pop group Arashi and actor Kenichi Matsuyama, receive enhancement suits which give them the superhuman abilities needed to complete a series of alien assassination missions. Through these missions they earn “points” toward buying their own freedom, but various incidents complicate matters along the way.
Excited? You should be. Whenever you’re ready to have your mind thoroughly blown, turn your attention to the embedded clip. It’s pretty darn swift if you ask me.