A First Look at the Space Battleship Yamato Live Action Film

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jan 1, 2010 in Animation, Cinema |

The good news: Hollywood won’t ruin this film! The bad news: There isn’t a very strong tradition in Japan for making live action science fiction films. Mind you I’m not saying that this can’t be done, but the odds are against you. So given that I’ve got to say as an ancient Star Blazers fans that this trailer has me much more excited than the animated film that came out this year, which to be fair got better review than I expected. Here’s a screen-by-screen breakdown of my thoughts:

Space Battleship Yamato Live Action Film: A still from the film

Susumu Kodai looks a little bit older than I’d like, but I can live with that. His outfit doesn’t look too bad, my fear was that it would look too goofy — instead it looks more hip 70s which is just right.

Space Battleship Yamato Live Action Film: A still from the film

Captain Juzo Okita looks like a guy wearing a fake beard and he’s also a bit too thin and good looking. Here the outfit doesn’t help make him look more senior, it looks a bit off the rack for a seadog who’s been about.

Space Battleship Yamato Live Action Film: A still from the film

The yamato in action looks amazing! I loved the touch of how they had the smaller spaceship crash into it — although it would have been more correct if the Yamato has smashed it with a casual port turn like the original series. You don’t get much of a sense of scale, but the fact that the craft looks beaten up is a good sign!

Space Battleship Yamato Live Action Film: A still from the film

The computer displays look a bit weak here, they’re not cutting edge and look a tad dated.

Space Battleship Yamato Live Action Film: A still from the film

Yuki Mori looks great! She’s much less dainty than the original show, but I think that will work well.

Space Battleship Yamato Live Action Film: A still from the film

Engage wave motion gun…

Space Battleship Yamato Live Action Film: A still from the film

Hell yeah! They got this shot just right, the mecha looks A+.

Space Battleship Yamato Live Action Film: A still from the film

Book my flight to Japan for opening night…

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