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Gatchaman (2013) (DVD)(Japan Version) DVD Region 2

Ayano Go (Actor) | Matsuzaka Tori (Actor) | Gouriki Ayame (Actor) | Hatsune Eriko (Actor)
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Gatchaman (2013) (DVD)(Japan Version)
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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.

This edition includes making of, special effects featurette, trailers and animated spin-off film Ohayo Ninja-tai Gatchaman.

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Product Title: Gatchaman (2013) (DVD)(Japan Version) 神勇飛鷹俠 (2013) (DVD)(日本版) 神勇飞鹰侠 (2013) (DVD)(日本版) ガッチャマン Gatchaman (2013) (DVD)(Japan 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
Release Date: 2014-03-05
Publisher Product Code: VPBT-13870
Language: Japanese
Country of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Other Information: DVD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1034897733

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日本中が熱狂した伝説のアニメが40年の時を経て、若手実力派人気俳優・豪華スタッフ陣で実写映画として復活! 日本初の本格ヒーロー・エンターテインメント『ガッチャマン』として蘇る! 今が旬の若手俳優陣、松坂桃李、綾野剛、剛力彩芽、濱田龍臣、鈴木亮平が新たな"ガッチャマン"を演じる! 監督は『カイジ』シリーズで漫画ならではの奇想天外な世界観を濃密な人間ドラマとして描ききった佐藤東弥。さらにVFXを『ALWAYS 三丁目の夕日』シリーズで、昭和の町並みを鮮やかに蘇らせた白組が担当し、またしても映像表現の新境地を開拓した。空前絶後の戦闘シーンはとにかく必見。また、往年のアニメファンにはお馴染みの巨大メカの数々もスクリーンに登場する。東京の街を蹂躙するギャラクターの回転体装甲車キャタローラーや、突如海から浮上する超巨大移動要塞タートルキング。そして、音速を超えて飛翔する"ガッチャマン"の専用機ゴッドフェニックス。まさに最新のVFX技術を駆使した、誰も見たことのない映像がDVDで楽しめる! ――21世紀の初め。謎の侵略者によって、わずか17日間で地球の半分は壊滅状態に陥った。絶滅を回避するため、人類は最後の望みをあるモノにかけた。それは【石】と呼ばれる不思議な結晶体。【石】の力を引き出せる「適合者」は800万人に1人。人類は「適合者」を探し集め、施設に収容し、特殊エージェントとして訓練を強制した。侵略者を殲滅するための、究極の兵器にするために──彼らは選ばれた。究極の兵器として──現代に蘇った【石】を操りし忍者、その名は"ガッチャマン"。 特典ディスクには、メイキング、イベント映像集、予告&TVスポット集を収録。ブックレット封入。

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松坂桃李 / 綾野剛 / 剛力彩芽 / 佐藤東弥 (監督) / タツノコプロ (原作) / ニマ・ファクララ (音楽)

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Professional Review of "Gatchaman (2013) (DVD)(Japan Version)"

July 7, 2014

This professional review refers to Gatchaman (2013) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
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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