Gantz Live Action Adaptation

I thought as a sort of tribute I’d focus on a Japanese movie tonight.  I’m a big fan of Japanese movies; I could talk about them for days, there’s just something about them that I love.  The movie I’ve chosen to talk about is the live action adaptation of Gantz.

Two friends, Kei and Kato, both die in a train accident.  They are then transported to a room full of other people who have recently died and a big black sphere known as Gantz.  They must then defeat aliens, to gain points in order to free themselves and return to their lives.  They need to survive long enough to get a hundred points, but when a friend dies Kei must decide whether to use his hundred points to resurrect them, or save himself?

The trailer looks great.  The graphics are respectable, they may not be as good as Hollywood’s, but they do hold their own.  Two movies of the Gantz franchise, which has already spanned a manga and anime series, are being made.  The first came out in Japan on the 29th of January 2011 and the second is set to be released of the 23rd of April 2011.  Fans of the series had a few problems with the first movie.  Though it did keep relatively close to the source material, due to time restraints parts of the story obviously had to be cut.  These cuts, apparently, seriously reduce character development.  Some aspects of character’s personalities were also changed, most likely because it would make development impossible in such a short space of time.  It’s important to remember that if a character grew and changed over the course of two movies, as much as they did in the entire run of a manga series, it wouldn’t feel believable.

An official worldwide DVD release date has not yet been announced, but there are many companies interested in buying the distribution rights so it shouldn’t be too long.  The first movie had a limited, dubbed, run in North America, so maybe the second one Gantz: Perfect Answer, will do the same.  If you’re lucky enough to live near one of the screenings, don’t miss your chance to see it.

Do you live Japanese movies?  Are you a Gantz fan?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.

The trailer has subtitles.


4 responses

  1. Amy

    I’ve never heard of it before but it looks good… I’d watch it… Japanese movies can be real good n original !!!

    March 12, 2011 at 12:23 pm

  2. Nudoru

    i don’t know if you have more informations since you posted this, but now is there a DVD release date for the first movie at least?
    i can’t find informations about this anywhere..

    thank you ^_^

    April 9, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    • Hi,
      An official release date for the DVD hasn’t been announced (not even in Japan). This could be because the second one is also coming out this year, this month actually, so they probably want to release the DVDs together. It shouldn’t be long though, I’d say once the second one hits cinemas they’ll announce the date and decide who is going to distribute it worldwide, loads of companys are fighting for the rights. Depending on where you live you might be able to see a dubbed version in cinemas, but, if you’re like me, you probably want to wait for the subtitled version. I’ll keep an eye out and put up the release date the second it’s announced.
      Thanks for reading

      April 9, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    • I don’t know if you’ve been following the blog, but the other day I wrote a post saying when Gantz will be released on DVD and Blu-ray. I just thought I’d let you know. The link to the post is;

      May 27, 2011 at 9:20 pm

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