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12:33 pm, May 14 2010
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The Sports Hochi newspaper reports on Friday that the decision has already been made to screen the live-action film versions of Hiroya Oku's Gantz manga in Singapore — despite the fact that the two films have not been previewed or even completed. Over 45 companies from 13 countries and regions have also made inquiries about acquiring the distribution rights.

The newspaper attributes the worldwide interest in the films to the original science-fiction action manga's popularity in America, France, and other Western countries. The films' two stars, Kazunari Ninomiya (Tekkonkinkreet, Letters from Iwo Jima) of the Arashi musical group and award-winning actor Ken'ichi Matsuyama (Death Note, Detroit Metal City, NANA, The Legend of Kamui), have also found some success overseas. Shinsuke Sato (The Princess Blade, Suna-dokei, Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror) is directing the films. The first film will open in Japan in the beginning of 2011, and the second film will open in the spring.

The production company NTV is showing 4 minutes of the films' promotional footage at this week's Film Market in Cannes, France. (The city is also hosting the Cannes Film Festival competition at the same time.)

In addition to Ninomiya and Matsuyama, Takayuki Yamada (Train Man, Crows Zero, H2: Kimi to Ita Hibi) is also starring in the films as "the mysterious man Shigeta." The two main stars each have 10 of the 500,000-yen (about US$5,400) rubber "Gantz Suits," which they wear when fighting in the films' story.

The story follows a young Tokyo college student who is reanimated after a deadly subway accident. Kei Kurono (Ninomiya) and his friend Masaru Kato (Matsuyama) go on violent, seemingly endless missions at the behest of an unseen host.

Dark Horse Comics will publish the 10th volume of the original manga in North America next month. ADV Films released Gonzo's television anime adaptation of the manga.

source: animenewsnetwork

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2:10 pm, May 14 2010
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Thanks for the post because I've been waiting for some actual footage of this movie and we will finally get some in the form of a 4 min promo.

I've always been worried about manga to live action adaptations but for different reasons, depending on the country adapting it. Like with America I was worry about their inability to adapt the story without too many changes (Dragon Ball Evolution) and their choice of actors (Keanu Reeves in Cowboy Bebop). Whereas with Japanese movies in general, I'm more worried about the production values and some actors inability to act.

Good to know that they have some experienced actors for the Gantz live action... here's hoping that they implement the CG better than Gonzo did for the anime. ^_^

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5:36 am, May 15 2010
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NOOOOOOOO so Hollywood is trying to get rights for a "REMAKE" of the gantz movies before it even comes out i really don't like this. i wish USA would stop trying to make live action adaptations of anime or manga or even games because the always find a way to mess it up!!!!

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No, that's not what it says. The foreign companies are distributors. They bring the film to their respective countries, dub/sub the film, and release it in theaters or on video.

As for the decision to screen it already, that might be a common practice in the film industry... even if they don't release it to the public, they can always make that decision in private. Besides, it does not say how the film is incomplete... whether it's still in production or is it in post-production.

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Quote from "Live-Action Gantz Gets Remake Inquiries from U.S., U.K."
The Cinema Today website reported on Friday that the producers of the two upcoming live-action Gantz films have already received inquiries about remake rights from the United States and the United Kingdom. The two Gantz films, which adapt Hiroya Oku's Gantz science-fiction action manga, will not open until the beginning of next year.

According to Cinema Today, 19 companies from the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and other Western countries have also offered to distribute the two Japanese films themselves. 26 companies from South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and other countries and regions in Asia have made inquiries as well.

Principal photography has been completed for the two films, and post-production has begun. The first film is slated to be completed by November, and it will open in Japan at the beginning of 2011. The second film will open next spring.

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8:05 pm, Oct 18 2010
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Hope it won't be diluted to homeopathic doses!
I hope that film makers learn how to make good movie adaptation from the "Old boy" film !

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4:33 am, Oct 20 2010
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heres the trailer

why because i am the president of the student council of course

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6:41 pm, Jul 29 2012
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Was the movies any good?

what chapters do they follow?

or are they original stories?

I got the feeling that...this was made for girls confused 2pretty idol/singer boys but the girls...are not top of the line in the cute department and they do not have any tits whatsoever...
or am i wrong?

Post #563391 - Reply to (#378697) by 668
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7:12 pm, Jul 29 2012
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Quote from 668
NOOOOOOOO so Hollywood is trying to get rights for a "REMAKE" of the gantz movies before it even comes out i really don't like this. i wish USA would stop trying to make live action adaptations of anime or manga or even games because the always find a way to mess it up!!!!

As if ANY live action remake of a game, manga, or anime is ever good laugh
Holywood isn't that bad with those, but most are flops. None of the Japanese live action remakes NEVER make it to U.S. cinema because they have such a poor production value and hardly follow the actual manga/anime/game it's based off of. Gantz sucked hard. May have been popular in Japan, but they'd be DOA here in the U.S. Even the Americanized versions of Japanese films suck (perfect example is The Ring). And look how Dragon Ball: Evolution did. It was, by far, the worst anime to live action I've seen in a long time. The Americanized Gantz (if there will ever be one) will be terrible and I'd bet money on it. I may watch it out of curiosity (that is if it actually make the cut to be in theaters, which it wont), but I doubt I'll watch the entire movie. The only reason Dragon Ball: Evolution make it to the big screen was because it's popularity among kids and those (who are now adults) who watched the original series when they were younger may come and see it. That movie only made a piddly $9 million total, which explains why we don't care about Japanese cartoon to live action. It just doesn't work.
Want to really get sick? Read this article and search around for it if this isn't enough.
Dragonball 2: Reborn
Here's a trailer:
DB Trailer
Makes me want to renounce my fandom to DBZ for falling so low. cry
While the trailer looks decent, as every one of them are made to. I'll give it a try sice I love DBZ. BETTER NOT LET ME DOWN AGAIN! mad

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2:30 pm, Jun 14 2013
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Quote from TaoPaiPai

Was the movies any good?

what chapters do they follow?

or are they original stories?

I got the feeling that...this was made for girls confused 2pretty idol/singer boys but the girls...are not top of the line in the cute department and they do not have any tits whatsoever...
or am i wrong?

it was better than the anime... still inferior to the manga, but I enjoyed seeing it somewhat live action, the story itself tried to stay true to the manga. Maybe a few changes... I don't remember exactly, but I remember it left a "meh, not bad" impression on me.

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2:37 pm, Jun 18 2013
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No. No. And no.

The anime was pretty faithful to the manga and kept the mood, just the ending was different... and even taht because it was made 10 years ago - when the manga wasn't anywhere near done.

The movies changed EVERYTHING - ages, personalities, character traits, character relationships, plot, "premise" (Gantz ball's rules) - just literally everything... And for like NO reason whatsoever.

The first movie sort of kept the enemies (more like the "enemy types", really) of the first 3 missions, but even the flow of those changed. Literally the ONLY things that remained were:
1) Kurono and Katou used to be childhood friends, but lost track,
2) Kurono wants to bone Kishimoto (but here, he ONLY wants to bone her, and mostly just to compete with Katou),
3) a manga-drawing quiet girl named Tae likes Kurono (but even that got changed around as much as humanly possible)

...they made Kurono a job-seeking college senior, and Katou an EX-CONVICT for god's sake!!

And that's just the start.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Kishimoto has no boobs and there aren't two of her!! And Tae-chan actively and repeatedly HITS ON Kurono (c'mon, seriously?! yeah right, hell would freeze over first... total character contradiction).

"Gramps" Suzuki is middle-aged, unemployed, and appears in Mission 1 in place of random dead guy "Politician Suzuki" (original much?), the two scary mobsters turn into one tiny terrified clownish wannabe, Nishi is a roguish hunk instead of a creepy little serial kiler, and there's some kid named Sakurai alright, but he's a non-suicidal, non-psychic typical prettyboy jock...

Literally NOTHING but the names, the presence of a black ball bossing dead people around, and the existence of aliens remains from the original.

PS and that's just Film 1.... part 2 is "all-original" - sort of - a Frankenstein of a film stitched together from bits and pieces of scenes and ideas from the manga appearing out of order, at random, and mutated to where they're barely recognizable.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
KURONO has subway katana fights with vampires (who are now just aliens and don't suck blood), there's a pop idol in Gantz but she isn't named Reika and isn't like Reika, there's a journalist sniffing around Gantz and the non-vampires but he's not Kikuchi, there's a shapeshifter impersonator boss-grade alien but he's totally different, and there's a Tae-chan mission - BUT everything about it is changed, Izumi's role is split between Nishi (!) and a whole group of five "original" characters, faultlessly loyal Suzuki has a crisis of faith, the result of the mission is different, AND the cause of the mission & choice of target is now nothing more than "Gantz wants to mess with Team Leader Kurono who's gotten too full of himself". Oh, and guess what? She's NOT even his girlfriend here.

...WHAT/HUH/WHAT?!?! (and that's just the start of it... it gets WORSE!!)

PS if you're still thinking of maybe watching, don't fear checking my spoilers - they don't reveal either of the films' endings, or even much of the plot... just making certain points that were impossible to make without giving away a little of the changes made

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