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Gantz... The Live Action Movie! Update With Teaser!

+ posted by njt in Manga News on Apr 14, 2010 13:12

Alright, I'll be honest with you. I have mixed feelings about this.

Gantz, my beloved series, is leaping into the big screens.

Update New Teaser
Just a short update for those of you who are actually wanting to see this movie. As for me and this little clip... not making me anymore excited than I already am (and that isn't much....)

Kei Kurono will be played by Kazunari Ninomiya who well... (Dear Lord... ><)

Masaru Kato will be played by Ken'ichi Matsuyama (Played L in Death Note, played Krauser in DMC etc)

The reason I have mixed emotions about this is, while the selection for who plays who could have been WAY better... it *is* going to be done by the same studio that produced 20th Century Boys (which was extremely well shot if you ask me) and the studio that covered Summer wars will be involved in the CG so I think they just MIGHT be able to pull this off.

But honestly, I can't help but see failure after seeing who is playing who. With Gantz in its "Final Phase" could Oku be trying to cash in on the manga before it ends? Could this mean the manga will at least last until the movies are released? The first movie is due out around January in 2011 and then the second the following spring.

For those of you who haven't taken the Gantz plunge try reading it. Here's a little (and old) trailer for some Gantz DVDs - not the movie trailer... Here's hoping it's at least better than this :D.


P.s. If you're wondering how the Japanese are taking it, they aren't happy...

EDIT - I edited in the red because people seem to be confusing the DVDs for the actual movie trailer ><

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#1. by zidane ()
Posted on Oct 8, 2009
Don't ruin my Gantz~u!
They better do this nice, and have a huge budget for special effects, else it's predestined to fail...
#2. by ~Brianma~ ()
Posted on Oct 8, 2009
Ken'ichi Matsuyama looks more suitable to play Kei Kurono.

Just my 2 cents...
#3. by Darknives ()
Posted on Oct 8, 2009
who plays who, looks wise isn't important to me, it's way more important for them to capture the essence of the character than to look like it physically.
anyway, that gantz dvd presentation sucks completly lol, i've never seen anything so bad lol i think, in a dvd at least.
anyway, gantz will be really hard to put in live action but, there's always hope
#4. by c_k (Global Moderator)
Posted on Oct 8, 2009
I can't imagine how the movie will be that good considering they had to censor the anime. I don't know how they can preserve the Gantz universe and have it shown in 2 movies.... I predict this movie is going to suck. -___-

And the actors..... Kei's actor should be fired; he completely doesn't give off the Kei vibe.
#5. by njt (Last Boss ♪~( ̄。 ̄))
Posted on Oct 8, 2009
If it were up to me, the two guys that played in IWGP would work

Nagase Tomoya as Makoto Majima (the guy getting pushed - He'd totally be a better Kato)
Kubozuka Yosuke as Takashi (King of G-Boys) (Guy with blond hair and blood lip - Would make a kick ass Kei)

Here's another Kei-ish scene :p http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMjJFQzLEiA
#6. by Xadyu ()
Posted on Oct 8, 2009
Why aren't the japanese happy about this?

I haven't read the manga myself, but didn't they take a long time before deciding to make an LA movie, I mean, Gantz was always a big hit manga wasn't it?
#7. by njt (Last Boss ♪~( ̄。 ̄))
Posted on Oct 8, 2009
They're not pleased with the actors they chose~

That and they're worried about censoring as well
#8. by Ranma25 ()
Posted on Oct 8, 2009
Kick Ass!!!!!
Love it!
#9. by mugiwara84 ()
Posted on Oct 8, 2009
I can't agree more with the persons who says it's a miscast, one of the reasons I never watch live action movies. The guy really doesn't give of a Kurono vibe and I can't imagine Gantz beeing done as a movie at all.

It'll be some stupid, watch aliens get exploded movie...
#10. by ikuroi ()
Posted on Oct 8, 2009
Well my first thought was「lame」and then i saw the Arashi guy and thought「gay」, they ruin a really good thing with this. Too bad, but I want to see a proper trailer.
#11. by echimaru ()
Posted on Oct 8, 2009
-the suit are not tight enough(it looks for me some parts are missing) and hope that weapon effect not like the cm one totally suck and too much change(prefer the real one the splatter one).
#12. by hiko ()
Posted on Oct 8, 2009
I think it should be noted that both actors are not without any acting talent, particularly Ken'ichi Matsuyama, who can be quite the chameleon. I have my doubts about Kazunari Ninomiya in that role, but he is very experienced actor so who knows, he might just surprise a few people!
#13. by ¬Bol ()
Posted on Oct 8, 2009
Smells like bad movie.
#14. by jakelong00 ()
Posted on Oct 8, 2009
the trailer doesnt look gud to me.
i dont think it will be successfull. just my views
#15. by Ranma25 ()
Posted on Oct 8, 2009
The trailer was for the DVD sale anno 2004. ;)
#16. by vaanvoiller ()
Posted on Oct 8, 2009
Kazunari Ninomiya (Ryusei no Kizuna) and Kenichi Matsuyama (Zenigeba) both are great actor. Trust me, they much suitable to play as Kurono and Kato than any other young actor in japan right now. Just imagine if Shun Oguri (crow zero) and Matsumoto Jun play as Kurono and Kato - that's what I call miscasting.
Posted on Oct 8, 2009
a Gantz live action movie? OH SHI-
#18. by mayoi ()
Posted on Oct 8, 2009
OH! It's Fujimaru!
#19. by gomugomuSPAM ()
Posted on Oct 8, 2009
hey at least it isnt made by hollywood... or maybe i be speaking too soon...
#20. by Cooper ()
Posted on Oct 8, 2009
Gantz: Evolution...
#21. by jide ()
Posted on Oct 8, 2009
I would have preferred an OVA series instead really, but a live-action movie… I think if done right it could be great.
#22. by Hollow Kurono ()
Posted on Oct 8, 2009
Oh,no,no,no,plz god dont let this happen,plz dont,I dont want anybody ruining Gantz reputation.
#23. by njt (Last Boss ♪~( ̄。 ̄))
Posted on Oct 8, 2009
Actually the majority of the comments in the Japanese thread about it were hoping for a Hollywood release since at least the CG would be decent :p

I strongly am pro japan than hollywood and would take japanese actors for it over americans any day >.> EVEN if they are the ones above...
#24. by Crude ()
Posted on Oct 8, 2009
i kinda wish hollywood would make its own version, but leave a little of the japanese flavour
#25. by lutsurugi ()
Posted on Oct 8, 2009
mixed feelings...
on the one side, I think... oh god it's gonna fail... but then I think, it's not done by americans! :D so it might be good...

and on the other side... A GANTZ MOVIE!!! SWEET!
#26. by llamapie ()
Posted on Oct 8, 2009
Better stay true to gantz with lots of huge boobs and exploding body parts.
#27. by Doragon ()
Posted on Oct 8, 2009
Quote #26
#28. by cloneofsnake ()
Posted on Oct 9, 2009
Kazunari Ninomiya?! The good boy in the drama Stand Up, is Kei? Noooo.... Kei is a selfish, privately arrogant bastard... well, actually when he started off in Arashi, he was aiming for that bad boy image... just... took a wrong turn somewhere... LOL

As for IWGP... Yes! Nagase Tomoya is perfect as Katou... tall and righteous looking... Umm... not so sure about Kubozuka Yosuke... but I really like him as an actor... that's before he jumped off a building and still had acting jobs anyway. Hmm... if you think about it... may be Yosuke's real life right now will fit the role of Kei in Gantz pretty well actually!
#29. by cloneofsnake ()
Posted on Oct 9, 2009
Oh wait... on last issue of Gantz, wasn't there something about Oku the author being involved in a Hollywood disaster movie? Anyone translated that?
#30. by Raigon ()
Posted on Oct 9, 2009
The guy who played L for Death Note in my opinion, is pretty fit to play Masaru Kato, because he has obviously played the hero, which is obviously Masaru's key characteristic. Kazunari Ninomiya, I haven't really heard much of, but I don't think his picture gives him Kei Kurono's looks. He doesn't look cold enough, and he doesn't look like he looks down on the world.

Or maybe it was just the way the picture was taken.

By the way, the Gantz DVD is horrible. If they make anything close to that level of graphical effects, I'll have to kill the director with a level 2 gantz gun and pancake him.

Great timing, too - The Gantz series has just stepped into a whole new level, and it's now going live. Hope it doesn't go too bad.

*Crosses fingers*
#31. by WhatWhatinthebutt ()
Posted on Oct 9, 2009
OH, wow..... that DVD STRAIGHT SUCKS D*CK!!!!!!
Can they really find enough good-looking, big-breasted Asians women who can act?
#32. by bittman ()
Posted on Oct 9, 2009
A Gantz movie?

1) Prepare for censorship
2) Prepare for butchering of the original manga
3) On second thought, the original manga is really not that good. It's just drawn differently, I'm still perplexed why so many people still like it when typically whole chapters are dedicated to a character panting heavily and maybe firing one shot at something to then explode into a graphical gore display that's physically impossible.

I expect this to be B-grade at best with 3D monsters looking like robots in costumes and completely unbelievable "scared-out-of-my-mind" acting.

Why don't they ever turn something good into live action? I'd freaking explode if I heard, for example, Hajime no Ippo was becoming a live action.
#33. by uzumashi ()
Posted on Oct 9, 2009

#34. by Loserbait ()
Posted on Oct 9, 2009
Mixed emotions...
#35. by Valkrezy ()
Posted on Oct 9, 2009
#36. by mega walker ()
Posted on Oct 9, 2009
oh man this is gonna be awsome!!1
#37. by Amrai ()
Posted on Oct 9, 2009
While people are ranting about the actor choices, I do understand why these two were chosen. Both starred in movies that were released in US theatres-
Ken'ichi Matsuyama in Death Note 1&2, though a limited release. Same with DMC. While kind of underground in North America, he does have some international fame.
Ninomiya starred in "Letters from Iwo Jima", that Clint Eastwood war film. Add to that his Johnny's popularity, and then you have two popular movie actors with serious experience.
They also are quite good "actors". The issue with most choices in modern Japanese film is that they choose actors and actresses that look like the characters, but have absolutely no clue how to act. I would rather have two different looking characters but a solid movie than a bunch of pretty no-names stumbling through lines for two hours. If this is done well, I will probably enjoy it.
#38. by Lisa ()
Posted on Oct 10, 2009
I don't know why they've chosen these actors but I think it's going to be interesting to see how they make this film.
#39. by MidoBan ()
Posted on Oct 10, 2009
Ken'ichi Matsuyama also played Shin, in NANA movie^^
#40. by guacaman ()
Posted on Oct 13, 2009
all live action movies sucks!!i dont know why but all sucks
#41. by panuru ()
Posted on Oct 21, 2009
Kazunari Ninomiya was excellent in "Letters from Iwo Jima," though... and we shouldn't forget that these are actors. Hopefully they'll do a great job.

bittman has a great point though...
#42. by bandana_kun ()
Posted on Apr 14, 2010
just lol
#43. by xKiyori ()
Posted on Apr 14, 2010
I think it shouldn't be much of a problem for Nino to be giving of a 'cold' look since his acting in Ao no Honoo wasn't too bad.

Well... I don't know. Since I'm looking forward to the cast (Nino x Matsuken OMG!! <3<3<3) rather than it being a live-action form of Gantz.

And yeah. I also agree with #37
#44. by bax ()
Posted on Apr 14, 2010
I don't know some of the actors but heck, I'm pretty sure they could have selected a better cast, but that's just me. I'll leave the critics and comments after I see the movie itself. Who knows, maybe they'll do a good job, you'd never know.

But ughh this is Gantz, I'm pretty sure there will be censorship or they would just skip the scenes altogether, or alter them to make it qualified for the big screen. There would probably be an uncensored version on DVD/Blu-Ray some months after the release. Maybe...
#45. by lutsurugi ()
Posted on Apr 14, 2010
Ken'ichi Matsuyama should put his hair back like katou and it would look way better!
but until know I have to say... I don't have a bad feeling about the movie... it's a japanese movie so I'm really hoping the best. and I'm really not a fan of manga-movies.... but I think this one won't be bad at all. let's all hope and pray guys... hope and pray
#46. by Spartacus ()
Posted on Apr 14, 2010
pathetic trailer.

Was that Reika or Tae-chan? Cause if that was Tae-chan, then how is Reika supposed to be any better in looks? (bigger boobies?)

Man, after seeing this trailer, I'm disappointed at the feel of it.
It's supposed to be some seriously realistic movie that shouldn't show any purpose for a song like in this trailer. This was disappointing.

They should let Marvel directors do this Gantz thing. Using Asian actors of course. I bet it would look and feel more like a Gantz movie. This looks too cheap. It won't get very far. At least we know it won't be any better than the anime or manga. Asian movies should just stick with drama movies. They suck at science movies.
#47. by Hakou ()
Posted on Apr 14, 2010
As long as it's not a white guy playing Goku ... oh wait ...
#48. by Feanor ()
Posted on Apr 14, 2010
If the first video (the second was deleted) is any indication of what the movie locks like, than I have to say it has a very amateurish look to it. As if it was filmed by a normal camera from a store. The pictures look more like some badly made tv series and not like good shows or movies.

Other than that, there wasn't really much to see. The suits look fine to me. But there was hardly any action in the trailer so it's hard to imagine that.
But honestly, I think it will suck as much as the DB movie.

@spartacus: I've seen some quality animations and special effects in asian films. They can do it, but for some reason, sometimes they don't
#49. by stormybluesky ()
Posted on Apr 15, 2010
#50. by vaanvoiller ()
Posted on Apr 15, 2010
The teaser was better than I expected. But WTF Tae doing in this movie! Looks like they changed the storyline a lot. Other than that, it looks quite good.
#51. by xi0 (あの術)
Posted on Apr 15, 2010
I'm hoping they filmed both movies together...because why would Tae be in the first movie? In fact how could Tae be in either one? This will most likely be entirely filter

It's giving a strong FAIL vibe to me.
#52. by Daniellock ()
Posted on Apr 15, 2010
I like Kenichi's performance...like L!^^
#53. by Spartacus ()
Posted on Apr 15, 2010
It reminded me of the 'power rangers'...tv show for kids.
hey, yo know I'm right. That's how pathetic this movie is gonna be.

The Gantz-suits doesn't even look real enough for me to buy it. If the suit isn't tight enough to show nipples, then the movie already lost some points.
#54. by benjog ()
Posted on Apr 15, 2010
it just looks so cheep, i would much rather it was made by an american company like blood the last vampire (the story want that good, but i though the fight scenes in it were very well put together), with something like gantz the story could be fantasic but if it isn't visually good it just wont be taken seriously. for this film to look good the CGI has to be spot on, in my mind it should be something like a cross between the matrix and aliens
obviously the gore is going to be a big factor in the film aswell, but look what saw gets away with altho i supose it depends what age rating they want to give it. it has to be at least 15,
#55. by Xenos3421 ()
Posted on Apr 15, 2010
The tea chick is way too good looking.. Not plain enough.
#56. by getiton ()
Posted on Apr 15, 2010
Behold, we will see the tech at its peak here!
Its Japan we are talking about, hope they use 3d apps to its max!!!
also make use of adobe CS5 apps! as after effect cs5.
I can't wait to see it!!!!
#57. by Crude ()
Posted on Apr 15, 2010
I'm in love with the trailer music! Its Boom Boom Satellites, but which song?
#58. by gotdott ()
Posted on Apr 15, 2010
To the guy who said pathetic trailer, you do realize that this was more of a "the making of" teaser than an actual trailer right? It's nothing to judge the final product by.
#59. by macklet ()
Posted on Apr 15, 2010
I don't know if I like it. I like the idea of making a movie, but it semms it's gonna be half assed....
Dammit, I want Tarantino there... it would be great if it was about other gantzers, some of those who died in Italy or something. I dont think it would be possible to get a good Nishi or Kurono on a live action. As for the "trailer"... I dont think that they'll be able to make us fell that "SHIT! there is a #@~1! trying to kill me! WHAT THE HELL DO I DO NOW" with that kind of acting
#60. by EpiKz ()
Posted on Apr 16, 2010
that just looked like a low budget home trailer imo -_-
#61. by Googlez_kun (MH's Best Artist)
Posted on Apr 17, 2010
Not too bad for now,but where are my monsters?D:
#62. by craziii ()
Posted on Apr 17, 2010
lets hope the movie lives up to the manga.
#63. by SuperShuter ()
Posted on Apr 19, 2010
I'm looking foward to it but the only thing its not really Gantz if its being censored its more like men in black :/ Yeah those scenes were straight from Camera like the explosions they havnt even added CGI which i'm guessing their going to make up the film with. If japanese have film certificates is this going to be an 18 like are we going to see gore or nudity otherwise that would suck... Is the actress playing Kishimoto a well known one who is unlikley to go nude
#64. by cepillon ()
Posted on Apr 20, 2010
Kurono kei looks like a idiotttt......
and katooouuu i dont wanna say anyhing...
#65. by aneon ()
Posted on Apr 22, 2010
come on njt. this is not a proper update.

not stanning but could you guys cut the crap with the casts already?
Ninomiya is a legitimate GOOD actor. I'm not talking crap based on personal bias but it's a fact that most who have watched him act agrees with me. This includes all the big name critiques in Hollywood (A.O. Scott made it known in the New York Post he wished the boy had gotten an Oscar nomination for Letters from Iwo Jima)

Here's a CNN article on japanese actors who can act. Yuriko - girl who's playing Tae, and Nino is in it.
#66. by devilpyro ()
Posted on Apr 26, 2010
i dont like live action...
a gantz cg movie with advent children/higher quality will like a dream come true :)
#67. by kaen101 ()
Posted on May 15, 2010
how recently has this been updated?

the REAL teasers are up as of yesterday (14/5/10) and i highly recommend everyone to watch those instead before commenting on what you assume will be a rip-off :)


and please do not base ninomiya kazunari off on your first impression of him either. he is well known for his professional acting skills. please watch his dramas before you make any further assumptions. that picture of him up there btw, is from 2004. update that too please ^^

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