In Japanese with English & Chinese Subtitles
Director: Takashi Yamazaki
Cast: Takuya Kimura, Meisa Kuroki, Hiroyuko Ikeuchi, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Toshiyuki Nishida, Meisa Kuroki, Takumi Saitô, Shin'ichi Tsutsumi, Naoto Takenaka
RunTime: 2 hrs 13 mins
Released By: Encore
Films & GV
Rating: PG (Some Fighting Scenes)
Official Website: http://www.encorefilms.com/spacebattleshipyamato
Opening Day: 24 March 2011
In the year 2199, Earth has lost its blue colour and is so polluted that human life is becoming impossible. Filled with hope, the 'Yamato' sets out with a mission to stop the destruction of the planet. A drama as vast in scale as its stage of infinite space, told over days of love and war for those who have set out to save the Earth.
There is just something about viewing modern
Japanese-made science fiction/fantasy, be it in the forms
of comic or TV show or movie that simply takes one back to
childhood. If I were to pinpoint a reason, perhaps it is because
of the Japanese general reluctance to adapt to a gritty futuristic
and high-tech production aesthetic thus only serving to evoke
memories of Saturday morning television no matter the age
of the viewer. However, this is not to say that the tech-crazy
Japanese do not employ modern techniques to the production
process. They do, but they also somehow manage to preserve
a nostalgic feel to their work.
Speaking for those who grew up in the nineties,
even if one has never heard of Space Battleship Yamato before,
a recollection of past enjoyment drawn from watching shows
like Ultraman, Transformers and the Power Rangers is all is
needed to have fun watching the movie.
Based on the widely popular 26-episode anime
series of the same name from the 1970s, Space Battleship Yamato
has been reproduced into multiple movies from the end of its
series right up to the early 2000s. When the latest installment
opened in Japan in December 2010, the locals loyally lapped
it up, pushing it to overtake the much-anticipated first part
of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. If nostalgia has
nothing to do with it, which I hardly doubt so, its form probably
does. Unlike its animated predecessors, the movie is shot
for the first time in live-action. So to Takuya Kimura fans
– feel free to rejoice that you will be seeing him in
the flesh on screen instead of simply hearing him through
an animated character.
Playing the heroic yet reluctant leader who
only does things from his own book, it is no wonder why he
has been picked to play leading man Susumu Kodai. His trademark
charm and internationally-recognizable face are definite pull
factors because let's face it, not everyone is drawn to watch
movies because of things like plot and filming technicalities.
Do watch out for the mess-immune nature of his famous locks.
It seems that Gatsby products can really make your ‘do
stay in place even after long-distance space travel and alien-fighting.
Compelled to partake in a do-or-die mission
to save the world from an impending radiological doom and
attacks from an alien race known as the Gamilas, Kodai is
forced to take over the Yamato – the last functioning
battleship on earth, when its Captain turns ill mid-journey.
The space battle scenes and the exterior
scenes of the Yamato are definitely something to look forward
to in the movie as they are no less superior than the ones
we are used to watching in Sci-fi hallmarks like Star Wars
and Star Trek. Crazy flight maneuvers and cool gadgetry add
on to the excitement of an action-packed movie filled with
likable characters and situations that seem impossible to
get out of alive. Two hours, however, can get a bit tiring
for those who just want to find out the ending.
we follow through the tale of honour and sacrifice (a lot
of dead heroes in this one), one cannot help but notice the
poignant irony of the story considering the current situation
that is faced by Japan. In fact it gets slightly discomforting
knowing that the movie might end well, but reality itself
is not as reassuring.
(Pray For Japan)
Reviewed by Siti Nursyafiqa