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A STUNNING CELEBRATION OF STARBLAZERS
on 30 August 2012
Space Battleship Yamato is nothing short of a master piece.
This is particularly going to be the case for every fan of the original Star Blazers animated series that came out in the late 70's and early 80's. It was before it's time then and it's still incredibly amazing today.
This live action movie captured the spirit of the show fantastically. The actors were all superb and the attention to detail was incredible.
As they were only commissioned to do a single film, I thought the adaptation of the Gamalons(completely changed from the ones we knew in the animated films. There's still inklings of that race but there heavily modified for the movie), was incredible and understood the need to change them to fit with the limited time frame of the movie.
The action scenes that are jam packed into this movie are incredible. As a kid I always used to love the combat scenes in Starblazers and I was amazed that when watching this movie I was actually wishing for more of the charcter interactions and story arc. However I was tickled pink to say the least with the amazing combat scenes. In essence this is a battle ship and I felt the pace of the movie was superb and really captured that in the heat of battle feeling.
My only gripe with the entire film was that I wanted more, which essentially means it was a terrific movie. (All good movies should leave you feeling this way).
I'm hoping that there might be a follow up movie to capture the next season of Starblazers and perhaps even a third(well most movie houses seem to go for trilogies these days).
Seriously, if your a fan of Starblazers, then get this now. Please don't download it, buy it to support these guys, it's been the best movie purchase I've made in years. In fact I'll even put it above my collectors box set of Blade Runner and that's got to be saying something to the hard core SciFi fans. I'll be watching this again and again, it's in a nutshell, breathtaking and an amazing experience to see a Scifi classic given live action status.
Way to go
Director & VFX: Takashi Yamazaki
Producer: Toshiaki Nakazawa
Original Story: Yoshinobu Nishizaki
Screenplay: Shimako Sato
Cast: Takuya Kimura (from SMAP, Love and Honor, Hero), Meisa Kuroki (Crows Zero, Vexille, The Sword of Alexander), Toshiro Yanagiba, Shinichi Tsutsumi (Princess Toyotomi, A Lone Scalpel, Villon's Wife, Maiko Haaaan!!!)
I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for keeping the magic of Starblazers alive and well.
Sean A. Curtin
PS. I've seen some people give this movie less than glamarous reviews and all I can say is that they mustn't be Starblazers fans. Those that are, are going to love this movie. Those that arn't well if your serious SciFi fans, watch the three seasons of Starblazers before you watch this movie. Then maybe, you'll understand.