Watching One Piece Film: Gold only makes me pine for more Lupin III material than Luffy (the lead character). The only reason is that I’m more of a fan of this character more than the other. The Lupin series by Monkey Punch has been around since the late 60’s and One Piece by creator/illustrator, Eiichiro Oda, was first serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump in 1997. Both are popular in their own right, and who can’t love a gang of pirates having some pretty crazy, whacked out adventures?
Both still have an ongoing television series. When concerning the latter, these pirates have not gotten the ‘reboot’ (the series began in 1999) and this film is the thirteenth in the series. Both universes have their fans, and while I prefer one over the other, it has not stopped me from looking at the newer one on and off over the years, when there’s a story to pique my interest. Continue reading “One Piece: Gold is set to Weigh In Jan 10th in North America!”
The live-action feature film adaption of Tatsunoko Productions’ animated creation, Hurricane Polymar, might be closer to premiere than you think. Officially announced earlier by Tatsunoko in November, the teaser trailer made its debut yesterday. The film is set to release in May, 2017 and will coincide with the 55th anniversary of Tatsunoko Productions, an animation company founded by anime pioneer Tatsuo Yoshida and brothers Kenji and Toyoharu (who has written under the pen name “Ippei Kuri”). Among the many titles Tasunoko has been responsible for are Mach Go Go Go (Speed Racer), Science Ninja Team Gatchaman (Battle of the Planets, G-Force), and Tekkaman: The Space Knight.
This short does not say too much about the story in Godzilla Resurgance, but in what’s implied is the fact the government is very well aware of Gojira’s existence for some time.
Gojira Resurgence (シン・ゴジラ) is baring his teeth and this beast looks ready to explode for his premiere July 29th, 2016 in Japan. The film will be offered in three formats—IMAX, MX4D and 4DX—to show the scale of this beast and in what this new trailer offer is a suggestion he’s a walking bomb looking for a place to settle in. This short does not say too much about the story, but in what’s implied is the fact the government is very well aware of Gojira’s existence for some time. They are scrambling to obviously try to put him down as he moves from the countryside to the city.
This creature’s redesign looks terrific! The red veins ebb throughout his body like a moving pool of molten lava. Perhaps he’s Earth incarnate looking for more than just a meal. Unlike past films where he’s made to be pleasant for the eyes, this version is the type nobody wants to stare down! Just what he’s after is unknown. Only writer / director Hideaki Anno (Evangelion) knows.
There are plenty of movies to see in the month of April. In fact, I had to cut the list in half just to squeeze the best of what I think is the best that’s been released and what’s left into a top ten list. And if you are not one of these people as described, then my apologies. You are just going to have to wait for these films to make it to your home country in due course.
From what looks good in the trailers is all here in chronological order. This month offers plenty of action, comedy, and a touch of pulp mixed with a slight tug at the heartstrings. There should be something for everyone. And if you manage to rush, you might still be able to catch these films in the theatres before May month approaches.
Forget trying to get praise from Quentin Tarantino, filmmaker Takashi Miike might want to put his support into Shion Sono’s (Suicide Club, Love Exposure) action comedy Why Don’t You Play in Hell? (地獄でなぜ悪い) that will be arriving in video stores and video on demand January 28th.
This over-the-top gonzo madcap film features Hirata (Hiroki Hasegawa) as an aspiring guerilla style filmmaker intent on making a masterpiece ala Bruce Lee’sGame of Death with his film club. Sasaki (Tak Sakaguchi) is cast into the yellow jump-suit leading role, andKill Bill this movie is not. To make a film within a film about two feuding Yakuza clans is a fun approach to see how Hirata’s movie crew stumble into a gang war. To see what transpires next is hilarious, like it was lifted from a Japanese cartoon, and the fallout is not without some classic moments taken from traditional theater. Continue reading “Playing in Yakuza Hell is Dangerous, a DVD review”