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Gatchaman (2013) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Ayano Go (Actor) | Matsuzaka Tori (Actor) | Gouriki Ayame (Actor) | Hatsune Eriko (Actor)
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40 years after its premiere, Gatchaman (also known as G-Force: Guardians of Space and Battle of the Planets) is finally being adapted into a live-action film! Written by Watanabe Yusuke (Gantz) and directed by Sato Toya (Kaiji), the big-budget adaptation of the superhero saga follows the adventures of a team of superheroes fighting a terrorist group named Galactor. Ayano Go (Rurouni Kenshin), Matsuzaka Tori (Love for Beginners), Goriki Ayame (Kiyosu Conference), Hamada Tatsuomi (Umizaru Brave Hearts) and Suzuki Ryohei (Forbidden Superhero) lead the cast as the superheroes in this sci-fi epic filled with eye-popping special effects and intense action scenes.

In the year 2050, a mysterious terrorist organization called the Galactor declares war on earth and takes over half the world. The survivors are limited to living in poor, restricted areas. To fight the Galactor, five "receptors" armed with an ancient power are brought together to defend the planet. Named the Gatchamen, these heroes may be earth's only hope for victory.

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Product Title: Gatchaman (2013) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 神勇飛鷹俠 (2013) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 神勇飞鹰侠 (2013) (Blu-ray) (香港版) ガッチャマン Gatchaman (2013) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: 科學小飛俠 科学小飞侠
Artist Name(s): Ayano Go (Actor) | Matsuzaka Tori (Actor) | Gouriki Ayame (Actor) | Hatsune Eriko (Actor) | Nakamura Shido (Actor) | Mitsuishi Ken (Actor) | Kishitani Goro (Actor) | Suzuki Ryohei (Actor) | Hamada Tatsuomi (Actor) 綾野剛 (Actor) | 松坂桃李 (Actor) | 剛力彩芽 (Actor) | 初音映莉子 (Actor) | 中村 獅童 (Actor) | 光石研 (Actor) | 岸谷五朗 (Actor) | 鈴木亮平 (Actor) | 濱田龍臣 (Actor) 绫野刚 (Actor) | 松坂桃李 (Actor) | 刚力彩芽 (Actor) | 初音映莉子 (Actor) | 中村 狮童 (Actor) | 光石研 (Actor) | 岸谷五朗 (Actor) | 铃木亮平 (Actor) | 滨田龙臣 (Actor) 綾野剛 (Actor) | 松坂桃李 (Actor) | 剛力彩芽 (Actor) | 初音映莉子 (Actor) | 中村 獅童 (Actor) | 光石研 (Actor) | 岸谷五朗 (Actor) | 鈴木亮平 (Actor) | 濱田龍臣 (Actor) Ayano Go (Actor) | Matsuzaka Tori (Actor) | Gouriki Ayame (Actor) | Hatsune Eriko (Actor) | Nakamura Shido (Actor) | Mitsuishi Ken (Actor) | Kishitani Goro (Actor) | 스즈키 료헤이 (Actor) | Hamada Tatsuomi (Actor)
Director: Sato Toya 佐藤東彌 佐藤东弥 佐藤東弥 Sato Toya
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2014-06-13
Language: Cantonese, Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Duration: 110 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1035842047

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At the beginning of the 21st Century mankind was under attack by invaders. Within 17 days half of the civeilization was annihilated. On the verge of extinction humankind’s only hope against the invaders was the mysterious crystals called the stones. These Stones empowered certain humans who were born Receptors. Statistically there’s only one Receptor in 8 million. After combing the land for Receptors, the chosen few gathered to train as special agents. They would be groomed as the ultimate weapon against the deadly invaders.

These modern day ninja empowered by extraordinary stones were called Gatchaman.
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Professional Review of "Gatchaman (2013) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

July 7, 2014

Big budget blockbuster versions of old school anime and manga favourites are still very much in vogue in Japan, with the likes of Space Captain Harlock, Space Battleship Yamato and others having hit the screen in recent years. Gatchaman, better known to western viewers as Battle of the Planets (or possibly G-Force: Guardians of Space) is the latest to make the leap, director Sato Toya (Kaiji: The Ultimate Gambler) offering up a new, special effects heavy take on Yoshida Tatsuo's Science Ninja Team Gatchaman early 1970s series, with Ayano Go as Joe (Rurouni Kenshin), Matsuzaka Tori as Ken (Love for Beginners), Goriki Ayame as Jun (Kiyosu Conference), Hamada Tatsuomi as Jinpei (Umizaru Brave Hearts) and Suzuki Ryohei as Ryu (Forbidden Superhero).

The film is set in 2050, with the world having been invaded by the Galactors, an evil race of humanoid beings led by the evil Berg Katse, who manage to conquer half the planet, forcing the survivors to live in resettlement zones. The Galactors being armed with mysterious weapons and protected by powerful energy shields, humanity's only hope lies with a team of five "Receptors" called Gatchaman, who harness the power of ancient stones to help them fight back. When one of the Galactors decides to apparently defect, past secrets are revealed and the heroes have to overcome their own problems while thwarting their enemy's apocalyptic "Last Suicide" plan.

Updating a much loved nostalgia piece like Gatchaman is never an easy task, though at least in this case director Sato Toya and writer Watanabe Yusuke (also responsible for the live action Gantz films) had a fairly blank canvas to work with - while the series was undoubtedly popular, for most viewers or fans the finer details of its actual plot will likely be hazy at best after 40 years, aside from the vague concept of a group of bird themed superheroes taking on galactic invaders. Perhaps unsurprisingly as a result, the film has the feel of an origin story, clearly marking itself as the first in a potential franchise, spending most of its running time introducing and exploring its characters. This isn't in itself too bad an idea, and the reasonably engaging script does put a fair amount of effort into fleshing out the receptors and their relationships and personal issues, with subplots revolving around a love triangle and various twists. Friendship and loyalty are very much the order of the day, and while the film gets a bit heavy on the melodrama, especially during an overly long action-free middle section, it does a decent job of generating a sense of camaraderie between the team members.

A lot of money was clearly spent on Gatchaman and for the most part it's all up on the screen ?the film certainly opens with a bang, with a spectacular opening sequence featuring a giant robot wheel causing mass destruction before the receptors bring it down. This does prove to be the biggest and best set piece in the film, though things do pick up towards the end, Sato building towards a suitably spectacular climax made moderately more exciting by the investment in character work - though a bit more action would certainly have been welcome, the film generally does enough to keep fans happy. Also in its favour is a bright and colourful look throughout, giving it the feel of a Saturday morning cartoon, and though the effects are variable, ranging from the highly impressive to the bizarrely shabby, the iconic receptor costumes are fun in an amusing impractical kind of way.

Gatchaman is perfectly acceptable fare, either as an anime adaptation or taken as a popcorn friendly blockbuster in its own right. While somewhat lighter on the action and science fiction than might have been expected, it's an entertaining bit of nonsense, which inevitably sets things up for what might well be a more streamlined and explosive sequel, having gotten the origin

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