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Space Fights!! 'Spolsions!! Steven Tyler!! The New SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO Trailer Kicks All Kindsa Ass!!

Merrick here...
Two new trailers (one downsized from the other) for the forthcoming SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO (aka STARBLAZERS) movie have now appeared online, offering quite a bit more footage than the promos we saw a few months back. I friggin' fun does this look? The film opens December 1 in Japan, helmed by director & FX guru Takashi Yamazaki. If I understand correctly, that's a new song by Steven Tyler - "Love Lives" - it's his first solo and is evidently written specifically for the film.
As with other films of this ilk, an full-on American relase of the title appears unlikely - although occasional presentations and its eventual appearance on domestic video would seem highly probable. Particularly dedicated souls should be able to import the picture on DVD and Blu-Ray when it hits home video overseas. With any luck, perhaps they'll issue an all-region Blu-Ray - like MEGA MONSTER BATTLE: ULTRA GALAXY LEGEND - which looks and sounds pretty fantastic and has English subs! Until that time, Harry...arrange a screening. Now, please.
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  • Sept. 20, 2010, 10:16 a.m. CST

    I'll have to miss this one.

    by Snookeroo

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 10:18 a.m. CST

    CGI is a license to produce expensive crap.

    by Snookeroo


  • Sept. 20, 2010, 10:22 a.m. CST

    by deelzbub

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 10:23 a.m. CST

    did you read that plot for the Ultraman movie?

    by deelzbub

    Megamonster Battle Ultra whatever? Sounds suspiciously like that Pikachu episode of SouthPark

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 10:24 a.m. CST

    this is gonna make the prequel trilogy

    by spidercoz

    look like Howard the Duck

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 10:26 a.m. CST

    How come the Japanese can't make theyre own Star Wars?

    by MST3KPIMP

    Wow it's Armagedon 2010 I guess they like that crap over there. Why do we have to come up with all the major space shit. Out of all the people down there they cant produce one young Lucas? I mean Godzillas cool but it seem the U.S. does all the heavy lifting when it comes to these types of movies.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 10:26 a.m. CST

    For a moment there, I thought it was 1998.

    by CodeName

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Woo hoo!

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    Shit, super pumped, myself, about seeing this. December 1 over there? How 'bout here?

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Shit! Son Of Bitches!!

    by SubliminalJones

    It's Fargin' War!

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 10:28 a.m. CST

    I can't decide if I'm boner for this or a little irritated...

    by FlickaPoo it. <P> Live action versions of beloved cartoons usually bug me, but then I see the Yamato blazing away in all its glory...

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Good Lord, thank you...

    by Billyeveryteen

    Must see this at all costs!

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 10:29 a.m. CST

    I believe the fervors!

    by Who Dat Ninga

    Okay, two things: 1) How the hell do we petition Toho to release this in the US? 2) Yo, Steven Tyler: Armageddon called, they want their shitty music back.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Stephen Tyler

    by Doctor_Strangepork

    That song makes me want to see Space Battleship Yamato fly a team of miners to blow up an asteroid. <br> <br>Okay, not really.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 10:31 a.m. CST

    ...yeah, that song is a stench unto heaven.

    by FlickaPoo

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 10:32 a.m. CST

    You know what would really be awesome?

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    Stephen Tyler doing a cover of "Let's Fighting Love"!

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Armageddon, shit...

    by spidercoz

    Nazareth's lawyers called about a song called "Love Hurts"

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 10:34 a.m. CST


    by Fievel

    Reminds me of Nazareth's "Love Hurts"

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 10:35 a.m. CST


    by Fievel

    Cheers! You are a faster typist than I!

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 10:36 a.m. CST

    too bad Aerosmith died in that plane crash in '99

    by spidercoz

    producers keep mixing and mushing bits of old shit together for new shit

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Fucking hell, Kimura looks good in uniform

    by Losers_Game

    Sorry, was there a movie promo somewhere in there?

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Racist: Only Japanese Allowed to Serve....

    by DarfurOnTheRocks2

    I am kidding! :)

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Where's Desslok?

    by The E

    Lame...will wait for the real big-budget, live action version. As you can see from the PS2 CGI, they are only spending $22M on this? Are you kidding me??? Season 1 is easily one of the most epic sci-fi masterpieces of our lifetime yet they are making it on a shoe-string budget??? This is supposed to be a heavy sci-fi film w/ hundreds of CGI shots. Yet Sex in the City has 4x the budget ($100m)? And Japan has the most expensive cost of living in the world, so it's not like it's just cheaper to make movies there.<p> And more importantly, where’s Desslok? You’re doing an extended trailer with a bunch of CGI, action and protagonists but no shot of the main villain who made the show so great? Heck, even some shots of some Gamilon commanders would have worked. <p> Additionally, the music in the original anime was epic (both in the new internet meaning and traditional way). The orchestrated pieces have spawned countless soundtracks and live shows. Yet the trailer gives us some crooning Bryan Adams wannabe? <p> On top of that in Japanese with Japanese only characters? In the original anime version the characters clearly cross international boundaries (ie. White). Here's hoping that this version at least gets visibility and nudges a producer in the US to greenlight a full blown blockbuster-budgeted ($150M+) edition in English.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 11:07 a.m. CST

    I Feel Like I Should Be More Excited Than I Am

    by Stryder

    I dunno. I watched a lot of Star Blazers as a little kid, and totally coveted a die-cast metal Yamato that a friend had (anyone from MA remember Mr. Big Toyland commercials on channel 25?) I'm just not that jazzed for a live-action version, though. Or maybe I'm just not excited for THIS live-action version. The CGI looks passable for a modern Japanese sci-fi movie but all the live shots look like they were shot in a 5'x5' closet. Oh well. One more childhood memory best left in the past.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 11:13 a.m. CST

    What's "It's the size of Texas" in Japanese?

    by Koborover

    I hope Thornton demanded lots of cash to say those corny one-liners.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Hell yeah!

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Now get busy on the live action Robotech series.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 11:17 a.m. CST

    I suppose it attacks the aliens in Pearl Harbor

    by IamZardoz

    Ill pass on this one.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Stryder, re: Mr. Big Toyland

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Holy FUCK, does that bring me back. I just looked up an old commercial for that on YouTube. God, how I wanted a scale-model Argo as a kid...

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Fareal, it's idealized...

    by spidercoz

    just like american comics draw people as big muscled, big breasted, and never ever fat, manga draws people as tall and large eyed, both unattainable fantasies

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Great subtitles you bet

    by Bot-Bot

    "To have lost a precious person is not only you" is hoping for most greatness in translation subtitles. In english most hard, but to win is best for comprehension. Forward win! <p> Looking forward to this. Looks like a blast.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 11:41 a.m. CST

    And VFX Director named IN A TRAILER!

    by Bot-Bot

    Now that's the kind of respect you'd never see in a Hollywood film.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Allez cuisine!

    by IronSkillet

    The lead is the young Chairman Kaga from Iron Chef, isn't he?

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Today's secret ingredient...

    by Who Dat Ninga


  • Sept. 20, 2010, 11:55 a.m. CST

    THIS is how anime should be adapted to the big screen.

    by ricarleite2

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 11:59 a.m. CST

    and watching over from Center Neptune, 7-ZARK-7

    by durhay

    yeah, I know.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, noon CST

    Sandy Frank needs to bring this over to the U.S.

    by durhay

    "hahaha - you're stuck here!"

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 12:07 p.m. CST


    by CuervoJones

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Earth's last hope is a Japanese only mission??

    by BetterCallSaul

    Why no international effort?

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 12:12 p.m. CST

    By law all live-action Japanese films must be terrible

    by CBWolf

    And this one looks no different. This seriously looks like a lot of fun to you? Have you ever seen Casshern? Same sort of over the top green-screen special effects, in fact, they looked better in Casshern, and that movie is just . . . unwatchable. No really, try it sometime. Seriously, if it is not Akira Kurosawa or anime, it is pretty much guaranteed to be trash.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Last time i saw an Aerosmith song in a SF movie...

    by AsimovLives

    ... it was ARMAGEDDON, and that ddn't turned out too well, did it?

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 12:16 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    A nice reprise from "Americans Save The World Again" movies and stories, don't you think?

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 12:24 p.m. CST

    by ashui

    we offer high quality highheels at low price.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 12:30 p.m. CST

    "Reprise" means...

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    A repetition or recurrence, Asi. You mean "respite." Or "reprieve." But, yeah, who gives a fuck if it's all Japs? Go, motherfuckers-san!

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 12:33 p.m. CST

    A Japanese only mission?

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    'Cause all the American dudes were sitting on their asses and their American wives were at work trying to make some money to support the lazy motherfuckers. That left the Brits (doing the same thing), the French (already surrendered), the Russkies (fighting each other and the Russian mafia), and, of course, the Japanese. And the Japanese step up to the challenge! Yay, Team Yamato!

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Cause they are Asains!

    by Hando316

    The cartoon was from Japan. Why do we always have to make them Americans? I'm looking forward to see this at all costs. As for the CGI being "cheep" cause they can make it cheeper than making it here which would be more costly. Its like everything else today. Most of our stuff is made there and done cheeper. Would you rather have it made here so your "We're better than everybody else" USA crap could fly?

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Macross/Robotech connection...

    by TheJake

    Wasn't one of the "arms" of the SDF-1 the same thing as the Yamato?

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Following their victory over the Gamilas...

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    The Japanese then plan on some hardcore marketing of the event to restore their economy!

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Adama San meets Space Godzilla

    by old_man_and_the_sea

    Looks a lot of derivative fun, and well done. Love to see it on Hi Def TV. Instantly forgettable.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 1:08 p.m. CST

    The Bicycle Sharer

    by AsimovLives

    Yes, i ment to say reprieve. Thanks.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 1:10 p.m. CST

    The Bicycle Sharer

    by AsimovLives

    Meanwhile, the chinese are busy buying the aliens piecemeal. Or at least what the indians have yet left unbought.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 1:11 p.m. CST

    The Bicycle Sharer

    by AsimovLives

    Meanwhile, the germans are too busy fine-tunning their alien menace counter-systems to have such things as imminent danger to deter them from their goal to achieve mechanical perfection.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Stryder, I have that di-cast right now...

    by Billyeveryteen

    And I sure as shit remember Mr Big Toyland.<p>Never got the Andromeda model tho', but it was there. Once...

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Personally, i'm quite forgiving of "bad" CGI from a japanese mov

    by AsimovLives

    or russian, french, german, whatever. The reason is that this country make big spectacle movies made with a fraction of of the budget of the common Hollywood ROMANTIC COMEDY! So, yeah, i'm pretty forgiving of the technical short-comings from non-Holywood movies. Besides, what those non-Holywood epics don't have in budget they more then make up in attitude and many tiems they don't even shy away from more darker themes or unhapy endings if the story calls to one such. Something Holywood is so pussy about they avoid at all costs to the point of turning their movies into pure retardation.<br><br>And i repeat this as many times as it takes: any movie with budgets of 150 millions or more don't deserve any easy criticism on them. With budgets like that, there is absolutly no excuse for failure in anything in that movie, specially scripting and directing. Those will be the first to get hit with attentive scrutiny, and if they fail, they will get shit, as they fully deserve!

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 1:25 p.m. CST


    by Mastidon

    Harry, if there ever was a movie to screen at BNAT..... I may have to Japan to see this.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 1:28 p.m. CST


    by ricarleite2

    Secret Agent! Super Dragon!

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 1:35 p.m. CST

    I hope it has fighter escourt

    by Yamato

    Because the last time Yamato went out without air cover it got pwned, right to the bottom of the sea

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Hey you fucking racists

    by Who Dat Ninga

    District 9 took place in South Africa, Multi-National United appeared to be completely run by South Africans, I didn't hear anybody bitching about that.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 1:54 p.m. CST

    If HARRY only arranges a screening for this for BNAT....

    by thethedew

    ...I'm gonna be <i>pissed.</i>

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 2:02 p.m. CST

    YUKI!! You've never walked away from anything in your life!!

    by THAT__SAID


  • Sept. 20, 2010, 2:02 p.m. CST

    LOL, Asi!

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    Chinese and Germans! I know that's right.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 2:12 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

    and cheap at the same time.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 2:19 p.m. CST

    don't care if its derivative or looks cheap

    by Generalcatburd

    just fire the damn wave motion gun!

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 2:27 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 2:40 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

    You watch anything don't you?

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 2:43 p.m. CST


    by savagedave

    Out of interest, what is your favourite film?

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 2:46 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

    You'll never know.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Yeah why dig out and rebuild-for-space...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview old WWII Japanese battleship when you have Godzilla on your side? Just wake him up, point him in the right direction and let him kick alien ass!

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Oh cool

    by CT1

    Sweet, Harry has broken into the bigtime and got a big meaty part in a movie! This is fucking GREAT! GO HARRY! Look at him, go flying through space, blasting guns and explosions.. I mean sure, you can't see his face due to the naval vessel costume he has on as he flies through space, and with all the Japanese people running around in him and the spaceships landing in him and people yelling about "don't die!", but I didn't know the big guy had the range to pull the part of a being a big battleship! GO HARRY!

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 3:01 p.m. CST


    by Anything But Tangerines


  • Sept. 20, 2010, 3:03 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

    Is a couple of Japanese guys.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Looks great fun.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    Very Galactica, no bad thing. Have to say I love the look of it, love the song (Tyler rules, fucknut complaining sissies) and it looks like a blast. I'm warming up the credit card now for the dvd purchase. Sucks it won't get a US and Canada release.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Prince of Space is the only good film Japan has ever made

    by THAT__SAID

    "I already told you, your weapons are useless against me ah ha!"

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 3:35 p.m. CST

    LOOKS AS BAD AS "STAR TREK I" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by JonChambers

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 3:36 p.m. CST

    What's Wrong with these people? Doesn't anyone speak English?!!

    by JonChambers

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 3:38 p.m. CST


    by JonChambers

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 3:48 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 4 p.m. CST

    "Yamato" Is The Movie And Series George Lucas Ripped-Off...

    by Media Messiah create Star Wars!!!

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 4:28 p.m. CST


    by TrainWreck1969

    That would make sense if Space Battleship Yamato came out BEFORE 1975 when Lucas was well into his second treatment of STAR WARS. Silly flamer.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 4:37 p.m. CST


    by punchydugan

    When you have one of the coolest theme songs in TV history, why do you go with a lame rock song?

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 4:57 p.m. CST


    by Triple_J_72

    Sorry, I just couldn't resist. :-)

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 4:58 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

    Unfortunately, after MST3K, this shit can't ever be taken seriously in the U.S.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Theme Song

    by The E

    @punchydugan<p> You hit the nail on the head w/ that comment! Absolutely!

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Mr. Big Toyland

    by solitaire

    One of those things I always smile when remembering...watching force five or starblazers on channel 25 and seeing those commercials for Mr. Big "We have dozens of types of action figures and dolls, eveb rare g.i. joes!" I used to make my parents schlep over to waltham whenever I could...Christ, I can still remember the smell and the creak of the old wooden floor as I would go to the far back corner on the right by the stairs to look at the robots and models... they even gave me a gaiking poster for my 12th birthday. Thanks for the memories Stryder

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 5:49 p.m. CST

    My problem with live action Japanese movies

    by DeusExMachina

    When I watch them, it's like I'm watching a live action anime. It's like I'm watching a caricature of a cartoon.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 6:02 p.m. CST


    by JackSlater4

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Holy Crap!

    by Horned One

    This is going to be amazing! I can't wait. And to the haters... WTF?!! Someone is actually making a reasonably faithful live action version of a beloved cartoon and they're NOT doing some shitty Americanized version, and you're STILL bitching?

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 6:17 p.m. CST

    ASI speaks the truth...

    by conspiracy

    I don't hold most foreign films to the same standards as US productions, simply because thier industries are just not as developed or powerful.</p><p>When some Japanese Production spends MAYBE 25Mil on a expect shortcuts somewhere, preferably in effects, not story; but when a film has a budget of $150-$250 million...the fucker better be all but perfect.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 6:22 p.m. CST

    A Japanese Mission

    by Horned One

    There are a couple good reasons that this could be an all Japanese mission. An alien power attacking Earth would likely take out the major threats first like the United States, China, Russia and so on, so it's possible that Japan could be the only ones left to make the attempt. Also, since it takes place in the future, Japan may very well be the only major power on Earth anyway. Then again, it might have something to do with it being a Japanese movie.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Looks better than Transformers!

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    Add some Veritechs Fighters and input Rick Hunter and you have...<p>ROBOTECH! NO ASSEMBLY REQUIRE!

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 7:03 p.m. CST

    And Steven Tyler = Fucking Lame...

    by conspiracy

    The only thing that self important Fuck has made since "Rocks" thats worth a fuck is his daughter...and even she is fucking debatable.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Steve Tyler, Though?

    by LaserPants

    That's a fail. I still wanna see it though.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 7:13 p.m. CST

    Space Opera...

    by grendel69

    ......with Stephen Tyler? As soon as I heard is voice, my dick went down.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Just Go With The Original Orchestral Music

    by LaserPants

    It's fucking A M A Z I N G! Maybe it's nostalgia talking, or maybe its because the anime is probably THE best of the long form anime series that hit the States (they dicked around WAY too much with Macross, sorry), but anytime I hear that original soundtrack music, all of those iconic themes, i get all misty eyed. The show was SO fucking good. It's dated now, but it's still fucking awesome. SO much better than the vast majority of the crap series they put out today. So why the fuckin smear Steven "Douche" Perry all on this? I mean, really.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Oct. 6, 1974 ...

    by WaveMotionGunner

    was the debut of SB Yamato Episode 1 on Japanese TV. 2009 was the 35th anniversary.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 7:42 p.m. CST


    by jameskpolk

    Is the new "jump the shark"<br><br> Nut I'm still interested in this. I'm old and I automatically like things that remind me of being a kid.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Battlestar Japanica

    by dumbpeoplesuck

    Somebody had to say it.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Captain Avatar sure looks pedo with that big, bushy beard

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 8:44 p.m. CST

    All of you can download this about 6 months later!

    by JarJar25

    All you have to do is use bittorent through Vuze. Like Macross the movie, just look it up and download it. Not now, but I'm guessing anytime it comes out on dvd over there. Someone will subtitle here, and it will be ready to go!

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 9:34 p.m. CST

    I think BSG borrowed quite a bit from Yamato

    by GeneralKael

    Think about it - one ship survives, has to go on a quest to save what is left of civilization. I'm not saying it's a ripoff but there is a definite influence if Yamato looks somewhat like BSG it's not unexpected.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Fareal uhhhh... think about it

    by MurderMostFowl

    Americans and Europeans put White people into other ethnic roles alll the time... like 90% of the time. Why do all Greek and Roman people speak with an British accent in Hollywood films?<BR><BR>Why would Ford Prefect be a freaking black guy? etc... <BR><BR> The answers... it's what the audience is used to, and they want star power. And with a smaller film industry like Japan's, they can't just cast a bunch of Japanese speaking white people.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 9:57 p.m. CST

    KaelOmont not BSG... history

    by MurderMostFowl

    Yamato is based on the real Yamato WWII ship which in 1945 was sent on a last ditch one way mission to save Okinawa from being captured by the USA.<BR><BR> It's WWII romanticizing. The irony is that the story works as a Pearl Harbor story too. <BR><BR> As far as I know Space Battleship Yamato did invent one thing... the super-mega-only-to-be-used-as-last-resort cannon.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 10:30 p.m. CST

    I don't support movies from the bastard whaler Japs.

    by JediTray


  • Sept. 20, 2010, 10:39 p.m. CST

    BSG borrowed quite a bit from everyone

    by RPLocke

    Star Wars, Trek, Space 1999.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 11:49 p.m. CST


    by GeneralKael

    Yes, I know about the WWII Yamato. However, I'm just saying that the original BSG seemed to have borrowed alot from Space Battleship Yamato. My main memories from the cartoon Starblazers is that it was way better than any other cartoons on at the time. I remember being freaked out because people died on the show. A few years back I was in Japan and I was in a toystore loaded with more anime stuff than I could quite comprehend - I didn't really know much Japanese and the guy didn't know any English. I just said "Yamato?" "Ah, Yamato!" he said back, and walked around and pointed out all the Space Battleship Yamato toys. Maybe nerd is the only universal language, I dunno...

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 12:20 a.m. CST

    Whoever said CGI is a license to produce expensive crap

    by IronEagle74 a genius!!! Couldn't agree more. Don't take me wrong, a little CGI is fine to spruce up the quality of modern special effects, but unfortunately these days CGI seems to take precedence more over story and acting, which leads to awesome looking garbage movies.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 12:28 a.m. CST

    THis goodam BETTER come out here on Blu-ray

    by Playkins

    I will be going nuts not being able to see it here.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 12:32 a.m. CST

    Wow, Mr. Big Toyland

    by Jbud

    Oh man, my little brother had the hugest jones for all the dicast japanese imports at that was literally all he wanted for xmas/birthdays every year, he bought dozens of them and treasured the original packaging too...and now he has a collection worth literally many thousands of dollars. It's amazing.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 12:41 a.m. CST

    The only reason they're Japanese

    by Hipshot

    Is that it's a Japanese picture. And the crew would be German if it was a German picture. If an American picture pre-1980 they would all be white. After 1980 there might be one black man, who would probably die first. After 2000 there would be a black man, and Republicans would scream: "PC!" The reasoning is easy: everyone wants to think they are the center of the universe.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 12:48 a.m. CST

    Murder Most Fowl...

    by Hipshot

    Why wouldn't Ford Prefect be a freakin' black guy as opposed to a freakin' white guy? He was an alien. If the alien looked human, why wouldn't he be as likely to look black or Asian as white? Why in the world would aliens prefer looking white?

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 1 a.m. CST


    by MrMajestic

    Did multiple people on this talkback just say all live-action Japanese movies suck? Ever hear of Kurosawa, Ozu or Takeshi? WTF? I know a lot of AICN's foreign movie fans have left this site but really WTF? I know there's a lot of crazy B-movie stuff that comes out of Japan but they shouldn't just be defined by anime and f'd up porn.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 1:28 a.m. CST

    For the love of god

    by Yiggy

    please pay someone who was born in the US to correct the Japinglish subtitles.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 2:10 a.m. CST

    Needs more tentacles.

    by RPLocke

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 2:12 a.m. CST

    Idealized Japanese

    by The E

    @spidercoz Great point, when put in that context it really makes us examine our own "anime" and idealized characters. But using that logic, they should cast White people for the movie to represent their idealized vision of Japanese. Just like we cast muscle bound, square jawed actors to represent out "anime" hero's.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 2:53 a.m. CST

    Looks better than the Milton-Bradley Battleship Movie

    by ass clown

    Im still holding out hope for my monopoly or hungry hungry hippos movie. In all seriousness though, this Japanese Battleship movie looks pretty damn cool for something ive never heard of.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 3:39 a.m. CST

    TrainWreck1969: Yamato Did Come Out Before 1975

    by Media Messiah

    Yamato was created in 1973 by Yoshinobu Nishizaki, and first aired in 1974.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 3:48 a.m. CST

    PS: Even Geln Larson Accused Lucas Of Ripping-off Yamato

    by Media Messiah

    Lucas sued Larson for ripping him off with Galactica. Larson's defense? Lucas ripped-off Yamato too--and he got Yamato's creator to back him up in the lawsuit as a witness. Lucas' case against Larson was eventually thrown-out of court. During the suit though, rumors swirled about Lucas hanging-out in Japan watching and even studying Japanese animated films and TV shows at the time that Yamato was on the air, for years, pre-Star Wars.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 3:50 a.m. CST

    Typo: That's Glen Larson

    by Media Messiah

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 4:38 a.m. CST

    We weren't meant to notice

    by Ghostball

    ...that the cartoon characters were blatantly caucasian. Just as anime and manga quite clearly has problems depicting people with adult faces - as opposed to zygotian ones. They also seem to have a problem depicting anyone who acutally has remotely oriental features. This may have something to do with post-war (ie post-nuclear cataclysm)cultural colonisation, where their physical ideal has become "Aryan", even though they can't bear to admit it. Maybe this has also something to do with residual influence from the Nazis, too. Ever seen a black character in a manga product who doesn't look just like a blacked-up white guy with a 'fro? <P>So actually, maybe this is their way of takin' the power back or something. <p>The movie looks like it sucks CGI ass and has the emotional zest of ball of lint, but that's almost by the by to me - the OT Star Wars ripped off the original Star Blazers big time, so it looks like everything's balancing out... maaan.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 4:39 a.m. CST

    Had more fun from that trailer than all of Avabore.

    by Gabba-UK

    By the way, what rock have all the xenophobes just crawled from? To quote German director Roland Emmerich about why the Americans save the planet in Independence Day "Because they gave me the money to make the film."

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 4:46 a.m. CST

    Who's xenophobic -

    by Ghostball

    we're just pointing out that Japanese cartoons never have Japanese-looking characters, and their live-action casts are always "most european-looking characters" = heroes - everyone else = bad guys or passerby cannon fodder

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 4:49 a.m. CST


    by zhongqui

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  • Sept. 21, 2010, 5:03 a.m. CST

    FUCK yeah!!!

    by DarkHawke

    Ok, the Tyler song sucks balls and not in a good way, but SHEEEIIITTT that looks great! Yeah, the chances of a domestic release (or foreign, from their perspective) are slim, but think of it: how many movies you've seen over the past decade have been remakes of foreign films, and recent ones at that?! If this one hits, suddenly the chances of a GREAT Star Blazers film go from snowball-in-hell to fait accompli! Even if that doesn't happen, this looks FANTASTIC! I SOOO hope for a quick region-free blu-ray release, 'cause I GOTS to see this!

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 5:57 a.m. CST

    Uchu Senkan Yamato, Suge!

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    Can't wait, so will go to the cinema and sit there every minute asking my Japanese wife, "so what are they saying", "what was that", understanding bits and pieces with my limited Japanese, am sure the rest of the audience will love that. Well at worst they will think "baka gaijin" (stupid foreigner). <p> On a more serious note enjoying some of the more intelligent comments. Completely agree with Asi on budget, if you have $150m to play with, what are your excuses ? Also like how people commented on some of the comments, i.e. why only Japanese, whereas when its an all American crew comments are few and far between. I mean fancy that a nation telling a story from their point of view, really shocking isn't it. <p>

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 6:31 a.m. CST

    Can I Say It Again? Steven Tyler, Though?

    by LaserPants

    Imploring the filmmakers to reconsider this EPIC SOUNDTRACK FAILURE. It really Bays up the proceedings.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Hipshot... that was thrown in for a lark

    by MurderMostFowl

    I didn't mean anythign seriously about it, other than Mos Def has absolutely no acting skills what so ever ( though this didn't seem to matter, since the entire cast basically couldn't act ) <BR><BR> I'm a huge HHTG fan and really really truly hated that film.<BR> I tried so hard to like it, I really did.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 9:34 a.m. CST

    KaelOmont... oops i reversed that

    by MurderMostFowl

    For some reason when I read your post I thought you were saying this Movie version borrowed from BSG. I now realize I had that reversed. Yes, I think there are several direct parallels. They're both a wild west Caravan/Heroes Journey story as well.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Glad to hear that someone concured with what i said..

    by Stalkeye a previous post in regards to Lucas ripping off Yamato. (Thanks, MM)From dogfights to that RDD2 Droid not to mention that Yamato came out before the SW films.<p>Plaigurist!!

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Would love to see a live action Robotech/Macross film.

    by Stalkeye

    same with Gatchanman.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Of course it's an all Japanese cast...

    by morGoth's the freakin' Yamato ya eejits. NOT the Wisconsin...NOT the Iowa or not even the Prince of Wales nor Potemkin! I mean, take a poll of people on this planet and ask them who gives two rats patootey about the Yamato. "The WHAT-amato?"<p>Looks fun and, natch, the CGI is spiffy. What's next, Starship Shimano?

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Give it to Bay. We can steal more than just horror flicks ya kno

    by Pixelsmack

    Make an American version. We seem to be stuck only making American versions of horror films. Why not this?

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Space Battleship Enterprise

    by Royston Lodge

    You know you want it.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 2:37 p.m. CST


    by Squinty CGI Flynn

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Why do sci fi movies or shows always have a bearded guy?

    by RPLocke

    I don't get it.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 2:41 p.m. CST

    In the orignal manga/anime

    by veritasses

    (I believe) all the characters have Japanese names so none of them are Caucasian.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 4:23 p.m. CST

    In space, there's isn't time to shave.

    by Royston Lodge

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 4:24 p.m. CST


    by Royston Lodge

    Starring Shirley Temple as the plucky female captain.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Hey, why didn't

    by Darkseidsboytoy

    those people speak English....SHEEH

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 6:26 p.m. CST


    by Arcadian Del Sol

    LUKE: "And as a show of good faith, Jabba. I offer you these Japs."<p> C3P0: "WHAT YOU SAY"<p>

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 7:37 p.m. CST

    I don't get the confusion ...

    by MurderMostFowl

    Why wouldn't it be a Japanese cast? Again... target audience, known famous actors from the country of origin. What's the problem here?

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 7:45 p.m. CST


    by The E

    @MurderMostFowl The problem is, you shouldn't change the "look" of original source material based on the target audience. It's akin to Last Airbender, where they changed the main character from Asian to White based on the target audience (White Americans). It rung hollow. Yamato's idealized characterizations had Caucasian features, therefore so should the live actors. Regarding using famous actors, more than a few people were annoyed when they cast Alba (Asian features) as Sue Storm (Anglo) just based on box office bankability. That's what appears to be happening here.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 8:13 p.m. CST

    Mecha Sushi unite to form GiGA-Tasteless.

    by OnO

    Fire the Wave Cannon at the Super Alien Giant Dolphin then target the Super Alien Giant Squid ships. Fuck them giant alien whale huggers it all makes a great video game.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 8:42 p.m. CST


    by jameskpolk

    Tanked, and rightly so, from what I hear. So tell me again why we care one way or another what the ethnic make-up of the cast was? My understanding is that the ethnicity of the actors didn't kill AB, it was Shaimalin's failure to grasp the heart of the story and the shoddy 3-d that did it in. If story, acting and visuals had been in the right zone no one would have cared who was Caucasian and who wasn't.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 12:29 a.m. CST

    Who cares.

    by JediTray

    It's produced from a country that refuses to stop commercial whaling and dolphin killing.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 1:48 a.m. CST


    by The E

    America needs to get off it's high horse...Hollywood produces movies from a country that refuses to stop commercial Cattle killing much to the dismay of India. How about we stop killing cattle before we judge Japan on it's view of Whales/ Dolphins.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 1:56 a.m. CST

    Race and Movies

    by The E

    @jameskpolk The race thing didn't kill Airbender, but it certainly didn't help. By using a character w/ a race different than the origin material, it takes one out of the story. Similar to changing a costume or locale, any changes from the source material impacts whether original fans relate to the live action version. It'd be like having Will Smith play Superman. Could he do it? Sure! Would that ring true for fans that followed the comic book version? No, it'd be like a whole another character. That's how the Yamato trailer feels for those of us who grew up watching original...seeing a large-eyed brunette Wildstar being played by an actor who looks nothing like him just looks out of whack!

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 3:35 a.m. CST

    cool song

    by hazelam

    and i see i wasn't the only one to get a galactica vibe from the trailer.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 9:52 a.m. CST

    The E

    by veritasses

    Perhaps you're only familiar with the animation as it aired in the US as "Star Blazers" but you should know that "Star Blazers" is a Japanese anime based on Japanese source material written by a Japanese author(s) and the main ship in question is based on the real Japanese battleship Yamato. Rest assured, unlike in Airbender, the characters are all supposed to be Japanese. If you look at the source material, all the non-alien characters have Japanese names. The character's look are just how Matsumoto draws all his characters.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 12:34 p.m. CST


    by Dazzler69

    Only problem I have with the Japs is usually their writing sucks ass. Visually great. At least they are trying unlike American movie studios who dumb down everything like TF123 and Pirates of the Carbs.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Matsumoto - Euro Looking Characters

    by The E

    @veritasses<p> Point well taken, however, the live action costumes, ship design and other aspects of Matsumoto drawings all appear to have made it to the live-action version intact. Therefore, so should the character's physical features. There are plenty of European looking (Matsumoto drawing-like) Japanese that could have been cast.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 10:42 p.m. CST

    That is all kinds of FUCKING AWESOME!!!

    by Big Dumb Ape

    I don't understand why people are ragging on this. It looks fun, looks (in terms of what you can gleam from a simple trailer) like it will pretty much resemble the cartoon -- oh, yeah, and it has that very HOT BABE in it, the one who looks up and smiles (towards the end of the trailer).<p>As for the budget, keep in mind that overseas money can be spent on the FILM and not on overpriced actors or overpriced union crew workers or overpriced SFX companies overcharging for a single CGI shot. So, for a budget of $22 million, I'm guessing they still managed to put together something fun to see.<p>For fuck's sake, it's an adaptation of a cartoon. Sheesh, the more I come around this place and read some comments, the more I want to ask when the geeky little kid in so many of you died! Bring this thing on! It looks fun!