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ONIMUSHA fans prepare to be happy...

Published at: June 2, 2007, 9:31 a.m. CST

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. SILENT HILL is a flawed movie. Structurally, they have the that 20 minute "explain-it-all" sequence. Christophe Gans did everything he could to make that visually unique and interesting, but it still slammed the on the brakes and stopped the movie in its tracks. I also found when watching the DVD behind the scenes that almost all of the creatures looked better practical, before he added in a confusing layer of CG work. That's kind of frustrating to me. However, he got most of the movie right. It's actually a scary movie, the tone and atmosphere was perfectly brought over from the video game. The creature designs and balls to the wall horror scenes were amazing. Gans knows what he's doing. For further proof, ONIMUSHA. He's doing the movie version of the samurai vs. demons game and the fans are nervous. DVDrama, a French website with close ties to Gans, got the word directly from him about the fans' biggest worry. Who is playing ONIMUSHA? It's unique, in a way. Ever since the very first ONIMUSHA game, they have modeled the character after a known actor, who also voiced his character. That actor is Takeshi Kaneshiro (Wong Kar Wai's CHUNGKING EXPRESS). So, you already have a good actor known as this character, but the fans know that in these adaptations they hardly ever bring the right stuff over to the big screen, so there's been worry about this casting. Gans said to DVDrama that "Of course" Takeshi Kaneshiro will play ONIMUSHA. I've met Gans before (even watched THREE EXTREMES with him at the AFM) and what was interesting about him to me was that he loves these stories. He doesn't look at video games for the flash, the action, or the "poster moments." He loves those, but what draws him is the story. If you watch BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF, it's the greatest video game adaptation for a game that never existed. Other news about ONIMUSHA is you won't see it for a while. It's going to start shooting early '08 and Gans guarantees there will be a full year of post production on the movie (budgeted at $70 million). So we're looking after September 2009 before we see it in theaters. John Collee (MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD) and Lesley Krueger are writing the script. This could be a great movie if adapted well and it sounds like Gans is doing everything he can. Good creative team, decent budget, right casting so far. Let's hope he learned a little on SILENT HILL and makes ONIMUSHA without the last act trip-ups. Congrats to DVDrama for the scoop!!!


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  • June 2, 2007, 8:29 a.m. CST

    first

    by el-guappo

    FIRST?

  • June 2, 2007, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Yes!

    by el-guappo

    and now I shall read what the crap this is about.

  • June 2, 2007, 8:38 a.m. CST

    brotherhood of the wolf is fascinating

    by paragraphs

    seriously...that movie is terrible and awesome. not scary and horifying. boring and exciting. short and long. etc. the one thing i knew after that movie is that i would always be interested in what followed after it.

  • June 2, 2007, 8:38 a.m. CST

    oh and onimusha...

    by paragraphs

    fuck i even like anime as an american and i don't give a fuck about this. whatever i hope it's good.

  • June 2, 2007, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Chunking Express?

    by el-guappo

    Yeah that's a great chinese buffet over on 89th, but keep an eye on the cook. No hand washee.

  • June 2, 2007, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Sorry, I just don't get BotW...

    by Jakes Nel

    BotW means Brotherhood of the Wolf, by the way (since it seems to be the cool thing on this site to give movies crappy abbreviations). I read a pretty positive review for it in Empire and decided to give it a shot. It looked pretty and all, but boy was it a shitty, senseless movie.

  • June 2, 2007, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Why does everyone still get excited about these?

    by The Mighty Molecule

    I can't wait to be disapointed and hate this movie. Gans should do something else, he's too talented for videogame crap.

  • June 2, 2007, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Yuki?

    by el-guappo

    I wonder who they will get to play princess Yuki. Lucy Liu or um… um…? (I'm sorry my knowledge of Asian actresses is woefully inadequate.)

  • June 2, 2007, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Mark Dacascos will play Onimusha

    by DynamixRo

    How much are you willing to bet?

  • June 2, 2007, 9:02 a.m. CST

    SILENT HILL got fucked up by the studio suits

    by godoffireinhell

    I doubt the third act bullshit was Gans' intention. He's on the record saying that the husband character was only in a few moments in his original script but the studio insisted he make him a constant character so as to have a male hero in addition to the chick. So don't hope for Gans to have learned anything, hope that this time he has the freedom to do the film his way.

  • June 2, 2007, 9:09 a.m. CST

    The Exorcist vs Seven Samurai!

    by lost.rules

    Good Combo

  • June 2, 2007, 9:14 a.m. CST

    I guess this ruins the chances of a Legend of Kage film

    by themikejonas

    Ahnuld and Sly as Bill & Lance in Contra: The Movie?

  • June 2, 2007, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Get Stallone to star and direct

    by jack-torrance

    I think if every film starred Sly Stallone, the world would be a better place.

  • June 2, 2007, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Hopefully...

    by tehgreekhammer

    they wont keep things too close to the original source material. <p> Hopeflly the main bad guy will only show up for the last 15 minutes of the movie. And said manin villain gets killed by Onimushas diminutive teenage sidekick (who also likes to fuck cats) <p> they should also change the look of every character in the movie and have noone but the sidekick have any more than two lines. <p> I think this movie shouldnt focus so much on Onimusha, but on how his diminutive teenage sidekick see's things. <p> Oh and put some blue flames everywhere.

  • June 2, 2007, 9:33 a.m. CST

    themikejonas

    by el-guappo

    They already made "Contra the movie." It starred Sigourney Weaver and was caled "Aliens." CONTRA was my favorite game as a kid, and honestly if they got the right director to expand on the story, it could be cool. Just keep Paul Way Sucky Anderson and Ewe Balls away from it and you're halfway there.

  • June 2, 2007, 9:44 a.m. CST

    ugh

    by team america

    .

  • June 2, 2007, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Love BOTW and Onimusha the game...

    by Frank Black

    Can't wait. Now if Gans would finally make the Danger Diabolik remake I could truly get excited.

  • June 2, 2007, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Takeshi Kaneshiro was great in HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS

    by robogeek.com

    And it goes without saying that BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF was awesome. SILENT HILL, sadly, really kinda sucked, primarily due to the fact that the entire [convoluted and inane] plot was predicated on every character being either stupid or insane. And yet I remain hopeful and cautiously optimistic about this project, which I'd love to see done right. Fingers crossed...

  • June 2, 2007, 10:07 a.m. CST

    silent hill was one of the shitties movies ive seen

    by WolfmanNards

    it had so much promise, but it was a piece of shit. SHIT SHIT SHIT. I can't find myself to care about how "interesting" it looks. I recall somebody saying "it is the best looking bad movie i've seen" I guess that applies.

  • June 2, 2007, 10:47 a.m. CST

    I dug Silent Hill.

    by modlight

    Everything was just off, which I loved. And BoTW was incredible too bad I can't find it anywhere on DVD.

  • June 2, 2007, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Onimusha is a fantastic game. Resident Evil with swords

    by George Newman

    I hope this movie is good. Onimusha was the first game I got for PS2 many years. I still play the XBOX version today.

  • June 2, 2007, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Shia LeBeouf is Fortinbras!!!

    by sevadro

    He is the greatest actor of our time!

  • June 2, 2007, 11:04 a.m. CST

    I met Gans too

    by polyh3dron

    Like you said, Harry, he seemed genuinely into the Silent Hill games and was interested in truly recrating that world onscreen instead of Michael Bay-ing it. Too bad Roger Avary wrote a flawed script. With a good script he could knock Onimusha out of the park.

  • June 2, 2007, 11:06 a.m. CST

    RE: el guappo (Chungking Express)

    by polyh3dron

    Chungking Express is a Hong Kong CLASSIC. Without it there would be no "Amelie", and without "In The Mood For Love" from the same director, there would be no "Lost In Translation".

  • June 2, 2007, 11:09 a.m. CST

    ONIMUSHA CAN'T JUMP

    by ludmir88

    that's frustrating

  • June 2, 2007, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Silent Hill was good

    by disfigurehead

    I went just to see the monsters so I got my money's worth. The DVD is great too.

  • June 2, 2007, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Great to hear!

    by indyit

    I mean really, nobody but Takeshi Kaneshiro could play Onimusha...i mean the model was based on him all along it's only expected that he is to play him. Great casting, cool director all there is to do now is wait patiently for a few years xD

  • June 2, 2007, 12:13 p.m. CST

    By "flawed" do you mean "unwatchable?

    by westwood13

    Seriously, Silent Hill was one of the biggest pieces of shit to come down the pipe in some time. It's a disaster, wrapped in a train wrecked, doused with nonsense. How you start with a video game as moody as Silent Hill and wind up with a movie a boring and fright-less as that is beyond me.

  • June 2, 2007, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Gans should do Castlevania instead

    by oceanic86

    Seriously, the first time I watched Brotherhood Of The Wolf, I could only think about how badass a Christophe Gans Castlevania film would be. That property woudl be a lot harder to fuck up than Silent Hill. (Not to say I think Gans fucked SH up; I just think he only got it about half-right. Pitch-perfect atmosphere and visuals, with some horrible plot choice. The witch-burning cult just pissed me off. Stick to the game, man.)

  • June 2, 2007, 12:32 p.m. CST

    BrotherHood of the Wolf was wonderful..

    by Rameses

    It only got one showing at our shit cinema , and I was enchanted by it .The monster was one of the most original things I've ever seen.Silent Hill was great too , but flawed.As already mentioned the monsters looked better on set , than how they finally looked in the movie {especially Red Pyramid}Gans comes across as a very keen and energetic , guy , who loves cinema ,he's perhaps a little undisciplined {Kung fu in Brotherhood , was a little o.t.t} but he obviously loves the genre , has a great visual style , and just needs a top notch script.As for the guy , who cant find Brotherhood o t w , on dvd ..I take it he must be posting from the USA , because in England , its easily avaliable.

  • June 2, 2007, 1:05 p.m. CST

    ....

    by huggerorange

    what the fuck is an onimusha?

  • June 2, 2007, 1:24 p.m. CST

    pretty and useless

    by youcantparkhere

    Once again, this will be a visually stunning movie that ultimately fails. In my humble opinion, and this comes from first hand experience on his previous film, Gans has a genuine passion for his material, knows how to nail the visual, but doesn't have patience for actors and their process. If he takes the same approach this film it will produce the same result as Silent HIll.. guess we'll see in a couple years..

  • June 2, 2007, 1:24 p.m. CST

    I had all but forgotten about Brotherhood of the Wolf..

    by rbatty024

    and fuck you for reminding me about it. I remember that being the first of many to rip off The Matrix's action scenes and for being an absolute bore.

  • June 2, 2007, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Gans made CRYING FREEMAN as well...

    by Monkey_King

    and it still has yet to see a domestic release on DVD. Good film, not sure why the Hell they cast Rae Dawn Chong in it, but it was better than Brian Yuzna's FIST OF THE NORTH STAR abortion with Gary Daniels and Chris Penn.

  • June 2, 2007, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Silent Hill

    by McClane_Corleone

    Was good for about an hour. Until they get to the explanation part it wasn't bad, but the last 2o minutes are just so bizarre and fucked up it ruins the whole movie. I'm all for weird movies, but let's put it this way. Silent Hill is one of my 13 year old little sisters favorite movies. Her favorite band is My Chemical Romance.

  • June 2, 2007, 2:16 p.m. CST

    BOTW really irritated the hell out of me

    by emeraldboy

    no it really. it was recommended to me by someone I know. I watched the documentaries and got bugger all information out of those. One documentary was in french and the other documentary started off but then shut down and DVD player kept cutting back to the option page or something. So I said to hell with it and watched the movie. The movie made absolultely no sense whatsoever. All I knew was that it was set in 17th century france. there is this woman being chased by something and she is killed by this unseen force. Soon it becomes more than one. I remember very little about BOTW. Beyond the fact that I didnt know what the hell was going on in the movie. It was entirely in french. I thought the film was an utter mess.

  • June 2, 2007, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Boy, some of you take criticism to a whole new level...

    by Johnno

    What the hell was wrong with Brotherhood of the Wolf? A nice paced action movie with some horror elements... Basically like Sherlock Holmes Hound of the Baskervilles. Monster dog killing people owned by some cult. He investigates and kicks ass. As fine a film as any I've seen with some great visuals and action! I can't think of one damn thing wrong with that movie... Was it the French language you didn't like? Honestly...<br><br>And as for SIlent Hill. I loved it but I agree it kinda falls apart towards the end mainly because of that exposition scene... Although I believe there's a directors cut with many more scenes and that last part was a hack attempt to make the movie shorter for theatres. But other than that it was great! And the fact that it was confusing at the end with no clear resolution or explanation to it all is precisely like the games. It doesn't work too well as a movie but was a wank fest for the gamers and I loved it. It deserves a sequel and overtime, just as in the games, more and more of the story and elements should be revealed for fans to piece together. That's essentially Silent Hill, and the movie was a good if far from perfect tribute to it. But I'd agree that Gans should've been allowed to do it the way he wanted to. It's kinda like forcing Raimi to use Venom in Spiderman 3.

  • June 2, 2007, 2:33 p.m. CST

    emeraldboy

    by Johnno

    Did you turn on the thing called English subtitles? Hell the US release also has a dub! I don't believe you even watched it because you'd sure as hell know what was killing those women...

  • June 2, 2007, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Gans again?

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    Crap.

  • June 2, 2007, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Practical VS CGI

    by future help

    "I also found when watching the DVD behind the scenes that almost all of the creatures looked better practical, before he added in a confusing layer of CG work. That's kind of frustrating to me." -could not agree more.

  • June 2, 2007, 2:48 p.m. CST

    re: meltedfacetohit

    by BillEmic

    Nobody has heard of Takeshi Kaneshiro? Get your head out of your ass, you ignorant prig. He's an international star, which is partially why he was put in Onimusha...he has a big draw in Tawain, Hong Kong, China, and Japan (he's half Tawainese, half Japanese). He was seen on American movie screens in "House of Flying Daggers" and made a big splash in America on DVD with "The Returner." Besides that, he gave incredible performances in two of internationally-acclaimed director Wong Kar-Wai's best films, Chunking Express and Fallen Angels. So, yeah, do a little research before you put your foot in your mouth.

  • June 2, 2007, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Silent Hill...c'mon...

    by Twitchy McGee

    That movie was garbage. I snuck into it with friends and felt like I deserved to have my money back.

  • June 2, 2007, 3:09 p.m. CST

    So no Silent Hill 2, mr. Gans?

    by The Artist FKA Vesuvio

    At least not for quite some time. Too bad, I'm a huge fan of the games and loved the first movie. Still think some fans got frustrated over the movie not being scary, but they seem to forget no movie can ever match the feeling of terror of a good scary game, since you're not in the character shoes and alone all the time. Plus, WE ARE speaking about a VIDEOGAME adaptation here, and by comparison, I believe even the biggest critics of SH movie will admit its competence among unberable pieces of shit such as Resident Evil. Anyway, still hope for a Gans shot in Silent Hill 2. That game's story definitely deserves the big screen.

  • June 2, 2007, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Cool

    by Ikaruga

    I've only played Onimusha 3 and 4, and they were both really great games. If anyone reading this board wants to jump into the Onimusha games, I kinda suggest starting with 3. 1 and 2 are good games, but they have a strange control scheme reminiscent of the early Resident Evil games. I much prefer Oni 3 and 4's control scheme, which is more like EA's Return of the King. Anyway.. I really dig the Onimusha games, but I'm surprised this Gans fellow wants to make a movie out of it. Silent Hill already had a kinda cinematic atmosphere to it. But Onimusha is still action video game material. PS- Gans... hire Jamie Christopherson for the music score! He did the awesome score for Onimusha 4. He won some game audio awards for his work on it too, this year.

  • June 2, 2007, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Samanosuke

    by JTStarkiller

    Just for clarification, the lead character's name is Samanosuke, not Onimusha. And I for one am extremely excited. I just love these games, and I'm also one of the few who absolutely loved Silent Hill, so Gans is the perfect guy.

  • June 2, 2007, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Nice

    by Ninja_Master

    Brotherhood of the Wolf was fantastic

  • June 2, 2007, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Silent Hill 2 is being worked out at the moment

    by Johnno

    Word is Gans is too busy with Onimusha so he'll oversee another European director who'll make the film and maintain the same visual style. What ticks me off is that it'll be awhile before we see any special edition of Silent Hill with hopefully the restored cut footage which supposedly was an hour long. But why worry. SIlent Hill 0rigins will be out on PSP later this year, and here's hoping to catch a glimpse of Silent Hill 5 at E3...

  • June 2, 2007, 3:59 p.m. CST

    VideoGame Movies

    by JaggedSac

    I don't understand how people can say that just because a movie is based on a videogame it will suck. I will admit there are only a couple of entertaining ones(Mortal Kombat and Silent Hill), but that doesn't mean it cant be done. Look at all the shitty ass comic book movies to come out. Hell, they're making a movie based on a cartoon(a shitty cartoon with shitty animation with shitty blocky character designs) that was created to sell toys, and people are angry about flames(be grateful he changed the designs). All it takes is people with talent to make one. So far the only person with talent that has touched a videogame movie is Christophe Gans. He is a visual genius along the lines of Jean-Pierre Jeunet or Park Chan-Wook. I'll admit there aren't any videogame movies coming out soon that have potential except Onimusha. Peter Jackson made a statement saying that when Halo 3 releases and makes huge bank, Hollywood will become interested again and hopefully he can proceed to make the Halo movie. He also stated that it would only get made if Neil Blomkanp(sp?) directed it.

  • June 2, 2007, 4:26 p.m. CST

    emeraldboy

    by jfp2007

    They called subtitles. If you can't comprehend the plot to Brotherhood, you should go back to school if you aren't already there.

  • June 2, 2007, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Hell Yes

    by antonphd

    Now... this is a good game to adapt to an action movie. And Takeshi Kaneshiro is an action movie demi-god waiting to happen.

  • June 2, 2007, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Onimusha is one of the best "movies" I've ever played

    by Zardoz

    Great game, with killer graphics and a cool story. I played it twice just to watch all of the cool scenes over again. I hope this works. And Silent Hill was better than I expected, but still flawed. The horror scenes were pretty amazing, but the "explanation" and the ending were very disappointing for me...

  • June 2, 2007, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Silent Hill Got Fucked Up By...

    by Tourist

    Roger Avary. The film looked great, sounded great. It was beautifully designed. But, as a story, it was a pile of junk. There were alot of people making excuses for its complete disregard for an interesting or coherent narrative by comparing it to Argento's more offbeat and surreal tangents, but that retardedly long witch burning exposition filled ending sort of grounded that into the dust. It was just a lazy, stupid and unimaginative adaptation. But I'll still look forward to whatever Gans puts out, because at least the flick looked and sounded the part.

  • June 2, 2007, 6:42 p.m. CST

    This movie...

    by Neil McCauleys Crew

    is 6 years too late!

  • June 2, 2007, 6:51 p.m. CST

    thank you JTStarKiller

    by Holodigm

    it was really bugging me that everyone was calling the main character Onimusha. The only question is, will Jean Reno show up at all? That was pretty badass to be able to play him in part 3.

  • June 2, 2007, 6:52 p.m. CST

    So, this Kaneshiro-san guy...

    by Anna Valerious

    ME LIKEY!!!! Another one to add to the "Japanese Boys I think are hot" list... http://tinyurl.com/39ncor I could do a bunch of cartoony sound effects (Like the standard "AWOOGA!" noise), but I'm not going to.

  • June 2, 2007, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Takeshi's pretty good for an Asian action star

    by veritasses

    Probably best known for his role in The House of Flying Daggers. A genuinely nice guy too. Casting him is a positive sign.

  • June 2, 2007, 8:17 p.m. CST

    My expert opinion

    by Dapper Swindler

    I've played every Silent Hill game, and every Onimusha game. I like Onimusha games, however the storyline is some of the dumbest shit I have ever seen. I am surprised if there is anyone who is worried about keeping the precious story in tact. It's a samurai who fights demons - could be cool. Anything could be cool. We'll see.

  • June 2, 2007, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Silent Hill was awesome!!

    by Mako

    Too bad they had to fill in the blanks for all the un-imaginative movie going audience. Which represents many of the posters here on AICN as well.

  • June 2, 2007, 9:21 p.m. CST

    RE: meltedfacetoht

    by polyh3dron

    "ONIMUSHA fan prepare to shrug shoulders".. I guess you never actualyed played the fucking games because if you did you would know that Takeshi Kaneshiro is THE FUCKING GUY YOU PLAY AS. Onimusha fans will recognize him instantly, and Chungking Express in a FUCKING INTERNATIONAL CLASSIC. It was lauded at Cannes when it came out and Jean Pierre-Jeunet apparently liked it so much that he took one of the film's two "sections" and re-made it into a little movie called "Amelie".

  • June 2, 2007, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Whoops, sorry for the sp errors

    by polyh3dron

    I was so pissed off at meltedface's blatant ignorance that it caused me to misspell some words.

  • June 2, 2007, 9:29 p.m. CST

    The dead guy in Onimusha 2 was Toshiro Mifune

    by polyh3dron

    Toshiro Mifune was to Kurosawa what Deniro was to Scorsese back in the day, and what DiCaprio is to him now.

  • June 2, 2007, 9:31 p.m. CST

    oh and also

    by polyh3dron

    I bet the only actor meltedface would approve of to play the lead in the Onimusha film would be Ken Watanabe or Chow Yun Fat. Tell me I'm wrong.

  • June 2, 2007, 10:52 p.m. CST

    Onimusha isn't the character.

    by Novaman5000

    It's samonoske. Oni are the ancient demons, I believe. Not for nothing, but would a little research kill you guys?

  • June 2, 2007, 11:57 p.m. CST

    Samanosuke Akechi (Takeshi Kaneshiro)

    by antonphd

    I knew he looked familiar when I saw him in House of Flying Daggers! Dear God please let Jean Reno be apart of this movie!! He was such a bad mother fucker in the game.

  • June 3, 2007, 1:03 a.m. CST

    The *real* question here is...

    by Captain Mal

    if I *don't* watch "Brotherhood of the Wolf," is it still the greatest video game adaptation for a game that never existed?

  • June 3, 2007, 3:01 a.m. CST

    The "best looking bad movie e'ver I seen"...

    by Lenny Nero

    ...is taken from what Ebert has constantly said about "Alien 3." People keep using this line, and for some reason it really bothers me. Sort of like how everyone is referring to the final scene of the recent LOST finale as "The Snake in the Mailbox." Who gives a shit?

  • June 3, 2007, 3:34 a.m. CST

    Stuntman: The Movie

    by nolan bautista

    "..let the baseline get ya.." This game is so addicting..

  • June 3, 2007, 3:41 a.m. CST

    Gans only made 3 feature films

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    1995 Crying Freeman (kinda good)<p>2001 Brotherhood of the Wolf (kinda lame)<p>2006 Silent Hill (kinda highly disappointing) <p>Either he had his highest level of skill in the mid-nineties or he still needs lots of practicing.

  • June 3, 2007, 6:17 a.m. CST

    I liked Silent Hill

    by CuervoJones

    and i don´t like films based on video games.

  • June 3, 2007, 6:20 a.m. CST

    I liked Brotherhood of the Wolf

    by CuervoJones

    but you don´t care

  • June 3, 2007, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Silent Hill is fairly enjoyable

    by FuzzyWhisper

    I really admire the game series' creepy aesthetic, so I was impressed with how well it was captured in the film. Sure, more scenes with Pyramid Head would have been fantastic, and the ending was a slight letdown, but I liked it enough to add it to my collection. On the whole, it's lots of fun. <BR><BR> I believe Gans has a unique eye for videogame adaptations, so I'm cautiously optimistic that this latest project of his will turn out okay. Casting Takeshi Kaneshiro was a major step in the right direction, that much is certain.

  • June 3, 2007, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Familiarity

    by deaner

    Of course, when Quint says "Who is playing ONIMUSHA?" He/Gans mean "Who is playing SAMANOSUKE?" [sarcasm] It's nice that people involved in making a movie for the franchise will "bring the right stuff over to the big screen". [/sarcasm]

  • June 3, 2007, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Brotherhood of the Wolf was superb...

    by KillaKane

    Silent Hill was a glorious mess but I really enjoyed it, Gans has a superior visual style to most of the new gen shooters and he's certainly capable of getting decent performances from his actors. I think where Silent Hill floundered was in it's script and plotting, but given it's origins, that was always going to be a tough nut to crack. I'm a fan of the Onimusha series (well from and aesthetic appreciation) looking forward to seeing where Gans takes it, with his flair for martial art action It'll no doubt kick seven kinds of deadly buttage!

  • June 3, 2007, 3:23 p.m. CST

    this should be interesting

    by CornsilkSW

    the plot of the game is well suited to action movie fare, so as long as the ambiance of the game comes through intact I'll be a happy fanboy.

  • June 3, 2007, 7:37 p.m. CST

    THANK GOD

    by kyle051554

    I thought SILENT HILL was the best video game movie in a long time, and am thrilled that Gans wants to use Kaneshiro in ONIMUSHA.<br /><br /> But, as others have said, the character isn't named Onimusha; it's Samanosuke. I wonder who's going to play Nobunaga? Also, I wonder if this is going to be an adaption of the first game, or maybe the third? Throwing Jean Reno and a demon-invaded Paris into the mix would be fucking sweet.

  • June 4, 2007, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Cool

    by One-Eye Tigh

    Onimusha is underrated. This will be cool.

  • June 4, 2007, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Re: What the hell is an Onimusha?

    by McClane_Corleone

    It's Japanese for "Warlord."

  • June 5, 2007, 2:18 a.m. CST

    Brotherhood of the Wolf...

    by Brody77

    I saw a poster for this when it was coming out & the one reason I went along was Mark Dacascos - I couldn't believe it! The guy who should have been a huge star instead of DTV prince was getting a cinematic release. I didn't even know it was French til it started playing! But I'll tell you what - I loved it. From the opening Jaws style intro, I was hooked. Sure, a lot of folks take the piss out of an Indian knowing martial arts, but seriously - who in their right mind casts Mark Dacascos in a flick and DOESN'T let him do all kinds of ass kickery?? Just watch Drive - the guy is talented! Gans is a great director, in my opinion. He has a distinct visual flair - a pity his proposed "The Adventurer" seems to have been shitcanned. PS - Brotherhood of the Wolf is my second fave film of all time. The first? Jaws. Oh, just to keep on topic, Onimusha would be cool with Jean Reno, the guy is a legend, despite GINO.

  • June 5, 2007, 5:41 a.m. CST

    Onimusha...

    by santoki22

    Onimusha does not mean 'warlord'. It refers to the main character's status as an 'Ogre Warrior'. Warlord was the subtitle to the first game (Onimusha: Warlords) Along those lines, the Genma, not the Oni, are demons. In the first and third game, the main character (Samanosuke Akechi) was portrayed by Takeshi Kaneshiro so it's nice that they have him for this project. I really doubt there'll be extensive wirework, even the games aren't that farfetched with what the characters can do. And every French person is Jean Reno~