If you’re a fan of the older Japanese animes like myself, you’ll know that before there were Power Rangers, there was the Science Ninja Team Gatchaman. Five young people, fighting to save our planet. This bird themed team was released in the states under the names Battle of the Planets, G-Force and finally under the original name, Gatchaman. The series has a dedicated cult following who’ve been waiting for a live action treatment since the 70’s. This production has been in the works since 2004, but so far we’ve gotten nothing more than a teaser trailer.
Now, nearly a decade after it was first announced, a Gatchaman live-action film has not only finished pre and post production, it’s going to be released this year! While we can’t speak a lick of Japanese, we have been able to secure, through sources like IMDB and the Anime News Network, that this version will have a few subtle changes from the Japanese anime of the 1970s’, not that weak dubbed version we had to deal with here in North America.
Set in the near future in Tokyo, Japan. The evil terrorist organization Galactor has declared war on the world. The group possesses more advanced technology than governments and occupies over half of the planet. Dr. Kozaburo Nambu of the International Science Organization gathers together 5 superhero ninja agents, known collectively as Gatchaman, to stop Galactor.
Don’t start trying to order your theater tickets online just yet, the film is only slated for release in Japan so at best we’ll get a look at some pirated copy online while we wait for the DVD import in the near future.
Directed by Toya Sato under the production of the Nikkatsu Corporation an official release date for Gatchaman is slated for an August 24th release date. Until then, take a look at these exclusive character shots and the official teaser trailer from the film’s site after the jump.
Teaser trailer (sorry, no subtitles):
Source: Topless Robot