‘Gantz’: Dark anime goes live-action with L.A. premiere

Jan. 18, 2011 | 1:39 p.m.

katokishimoto Gantz: Dark anime goes live action with L.A. premiere“Gantz,” a live-action feature based on the popular anime and manga series created by Hiroya Oku, will  premiere Jan. 20 at Mann’s Chinese 6 in Hollywood — nine days before the film debuts in Japan.

The dark, violent story opens as alienated high school student Kei Kurono (Kazunari Ninomiya) and his friend Masuru Kato (Kenichi Matsuyama) are killed trying to rescue a drunk who’s fallen on the subway tracks. They wake up in a room dominated by Gantz, a mysterious black sphere that sends them and other newly dead people to hunt down and kill aliens hiding on Earth.

gantz gantz dama 1 Gantz: Dark anime goes live action with L.A. premiereAlthough a number of popular anime series have been adapted to live action in recent years, including Death Note,” “Gundamand Mushi-Shi,” it’s  unusual for a Japanese film to screen in the U.S. before its Japanese debut. A four-disc set of the original animated series is being released here at the same time.

The film will be introduced by Ninomiya, who appeared in Clint Eastwood’s “Letters From Iwo Jima,” and Matsuyama, whose portrayal of the brilliant but eccentric detective “L” in the three live-action “Death Note” movies has earned him a cult following in the States. Otaku USA editor Patrick Macias will interview both actors after the screening. Their discussion will be simulcast to the other 334 theaters across the U.S. that will screen the film that night.

— Charles Solomon


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4 Responses to ‘Gantz’: Dark anime goes live-action with L.A. premiere

  1. Larry says:

    The show had a cool premise and handfuls of great moments, but was way overlong and just didn't end up delivering. A re-interpretation could very likely be an improvement. I look forward to checking this out. Looks really good from those 2 screenshots.

  2. Guest says:

    @ Larry – There is a Manga too, that is still ongoing.

  3. emy says:

    sugoi, i´m from peru , but i love nino kazunari, he is my favorite actor, besides he is from ARASHI a famous jpop band of Japan.
    nino ashiteru
    i wanna see gantz soon .

  4. emily says:

    finally gantz XD
    ARASHI is going to be there or not. well i love nino´s eyes, so please
    i want see photos of nino kazunari, please, Arashi is really especiall, take a time for this japanese group.
    thanks a lot.

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