Godzilla may be a lusted after box office commodity in America, but in Japan he’s a cinematic legend on par with Humphrey Bogart or Charlie Chaplin. It was Japan’s Toho Studios that got the Godzilla ball rolling in 1954, turning what could have been a silly monster movie starring a guy in a suit trampling on cardboard buildings into a frightening parable for Japan’s suffering from nuclear warfare nearly a decade earlier. The metaphor wasn’t lost on anyone, and the Ishirō Honda creation developed a worldwide following that spawned dozens of sequels over the last six decades and at least two American remakes. But after a decade in retirement, the Japanese are looking to put their stamp on the legend once more. In other words, Toho’s back in the Godzilla business. (more…)
So, the other day I posted strange news about a partnership between ‘Attack On Titan’ and Marvel Comics. Nobody expected things to get any more normal. It’s a friendship that opens up boundless opportunities, even the most farthest reaching idea about combining the universes on film. For now, we’re going to stick with the upcoming comics crossover with a little extra thrown in. The extra bit involves Universal Studios Japan building a gigantic display starring two Titans locked in fierce combat. Now that I think of it, there’s really no other kind of combat. Okay, first up – let’s talk about where this melding of monsters and man is going to take place. Then, the statues. I know that I wrote that weird, but I’m trying to make simple sense out of the insane.
The nation of Japan has brought the world many wonderful bounties: Godzilla, Akira, Hello Kitty. However, for every Full Metal Alchemist, there’s a splash of hentai that crops up to wreak havoc on all that you find holy and pure. With that in mind, it should be no wonder that Japan chose to celebrate the opening of Guardians of the Galaxy in its country over the weekend in a way that will make you wonder if the AI revolution is upon us. (more…)
I’m dating myself here, but I vaguely remember that when ‘The Green Hornet’ hit TV screens, China went ballistic in seeing someone who looked like them play the superhero Kato. He was by no means the main character, but don’t tell that to Hong Kong because they changed the title to ‘The Kato Show.’ That was completely out of pride and love for their real life hometown hero Bruce Lee and a little bit of “not getting it.” Japan, on the other hand, isn’t doing anything like that. Like most countries, Japan likes to take stuff and just twist it into their interpretation of it, flummoxing the hell out of everybody else. And that’s why they’re awesome. Here we have three Japanese TV spots of ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ that start off in the end zone and end up in right field. Join me in trying to decipher these super best terrific visuals! (more…)
You can’t talk about Japanese animation without citing the works of Studio Ghibli; it would be like talking about American animation and forgetting to mention the name Walt Disney, or Pixar. Studio Ghibli still makes animation the old-fashioned way, by hand drawing it, and it’s a skill that’s undervalued and underused in the current animation market, which is why it was of some concern when news started being spread that Studio Ghibli was closing up shop for good. Animation fans the world over got out their sackcloth and ashes and prepared to mark the passing of an art form, but before you get too deeply into those funeral preparations, it seems that news of Studio Ghibli’s departure from this mortal coil of animation has been greatly exaggerated. (more…)
They got Yukio way wrong, drastically re-positioned the timeline of Logan’s affair with Mariko Yoshida, and threw a bit of Viper into the mix. This is not Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s epic comic book story of honor, love, and corruption in Japan transferred to the screen, this is something totally different.
That’s not to say that James Mangold’s The Wolverine is a bad movie. It’s not, and relative to this character’s long past on the screen — through three X-Men films, a solo misfire, and a cameo in X-Men: First Class — this may actually be the finest and fullest representation of Wolverine that we have seen, but it’s still far from perfect.
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The Wolverine is one of the mostly anticipated movies of the summer, and fans are hoping a return to form for Marvel’s fiercest merry mutant, and star Hugh Jackman is hoping for the same.
“I’m thrilled the studio called it The Wolverine instead of Wolverine 2, because we’re trying to set it up as a standalone picture,” Jackman says in a recent interview with Total Film (via Comic Book Movie) magazine. “Tonally, it’s different from the other X-Men movies. It’s got massive action sequences, as people would expect, and it’ll be great fun. But it is a character-driven movie. It’s about a guy completely out of his element, in this world that’s foreign to him, and how he copes with that. I feel like we have the opportunity to deliver that badass, kick-ass Wolverine I know everybody wants to see.”
And don’t think Jackman’s lost much in the 13 years since he first played the character. A lot of people thought there was some Photoshopped assistance in that publicity still, but Jackman’s co-star Will Yun Lee, who’s rumored to be playing the villain Silver Samurai in the film, says believe the hype.
“I’ve seen playbacks of Hugh fighting different characters in the movie he’s no joke! He’s probably in the best shape I’ve ever seen him in all the X-Mens,” he says. “The fighting style in the this movie is very Japanese-specific. The movie’s stunt team 8711 is probably one of the best in the business. In training they beat me up all day and I could barely even walk home! Because we’re dealing with weapons like swords and Wolverine’s claws, even though they’re fake, you’re still just a fraction away from getting hurt or getting hit in the eye…I was like, ‘Oh my god, I better not miss my timing.'”
But is the viciousness of the fight going to be a pain for The Wolverine once the ratings board gets a hold of it? Director James Mangold doesn’t think so. “I don’t tend to think of that per se,” he says. “But I do want the movie to have an intensity. I don’t want it to feel just like a CG fest. I think so much of what’s badass about Wolverine is his physicality: the sweat, blood, passion and anger. What we trying to do in terms of the action is restore, or even for the first time kind of explore his physicality on a more visceral level.”
In other news, Mangold confirmed through his Twitter account (via Geek Tyrant) that The Wolverine trailer will be coming out in front of G.I. Joe: Retaliation on March 27.
Meanwhile, to tide you over, here are some more images from film.
The Wolverine stars Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Khodchenkova, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, and Brian Tee. It’s set to hit theaters on July 26th, 2013.
Who loves anime? It’s an incredibly artful and versatile form of animation that encompasses drama, fantasy, sci-fi, and even pornography. But one of anime’s best is the 1988 movie Grave of the Fireflies, which is based on the 1967 novel of the same name by Akiyuki Nosaka, and it seems that someone in Hollywood has an eye on a remake.
The London-based production company Dresden Pictures has optioned the film for a live action adaptation. The story, which Roger Ebert once called “one of the most powerful war films ever made,” follows two children struggling to survive in war-torn Japan during the Second World War. The film builds up to the firebombing of the city of Kobe by American forces, which is rendered in all its horrible detail. The filmmakers dedication to historical accuracy and their vision helped put Studio Ghibli on the map.
So the question is, why would some British guys want to remake it? Well this is where film pursuit might slap a bitch, but there’s speculation that the setting of the film may be switched to England during the blitz. Naturally.
So any Grave of the Fireflies films out there? Who wants to give the first slap?
Source: Comic Book Movie
So we all assumed that the new solo Wolverine movie, simply called The Wolverine, was a post X-Men Origins sequel and a pre-first X-Men film prequel. But in an interview with Empire, Wolverine director James Mangold suggested that the opposite might be the case:
Where this film sits in the universe of the films is after them all. Jean Grey is gone, most of the X-Men are disbanded or gone, so there’s a tremendous sense of isolation for him.
So it takes place after X-Men: The Last Stand? Interesting. That would certainly fit with the rumor that Famke Janssen was flying to Australia to cameo in the film as Jean Grey. At the same time though, leaked photos and videos have shown a scene set in a World War II Japanese prison camp. Perhaps these are flashbacks? Regardless, Mangold says it’s all part of his plan:
That’s something that for me was very important, that I land in a very specific place in his timeline. I wanted to be able to tell the story without the burden of handing it off to a film that already exists and having to conform to it. The ideas of immortality reign very heavily in this story and the burden of immortality weighs heavily on Logan. For me that’s such an interesting part of Logan’s character that is nearly impossible to explore if you have a kind of league or team movie.
In other Wolverine news, Empire had the below picture from the film, and it features everyone’s favorite mutant wild man with bone – yes, BONE – claws. Check it out:
The Wolverine is set to open in theaters on July 26, 2013.
Source. Geek Tyrant
It’s seemed like a long time since we’ve heard anything substantive about a Metal Gear Solid movie. But progress is being made my friends! And it seems that that’s thanks to a man who knows what’s it like to get impossible film projects off the ground and out of development hell.
MGS creator Hideo Kojima confirmed that the project was in the works during a Metal Gear anniversary event in Tokyo. Apparently, there were banners everywhere that read “Metal Gear Solid Hollywood Movie” and they had the Columbia Pictures logo on it. Kojima also announced that former CEO of Marvel Studios Avi Arad will be producing the project.
Arad related the effort to bring an MGS film to the big screen with his previous efforts getting movies based on Marvel characters made adding that, ”video games are the comic books of today.” Arad went on to say that they “will take our time and tell the story with all the nuances, ideology, cautionary tales needed.”
Metal Gear Solid was created for Playstation in 1998 and between the original game and its various sequels has sold over 20 million copies. The game follows Solid Snake, a retired soldier who infiltrates a nuclear weapons disposal facility to neutralize the terrorist threat from FOXHOUND, a renegade special forces unit.
Arad was remained active on Marvel films since leaving the studio in the hands of Kevin Feige, his last two Marvel projects were the hit Amazing Spider-Man and the flop Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. He’s also a producer on the Mass Effect movie, and the Uncharted and Pac-Man adaptations.
No word yet on a director for the project, but Kojima has already eliminated one potential directorial choice: Uwe Boll. “It’s impossible we’d ever do a movie with him,” he said. Bonus.
More news as it develops.