TK and I are both so excited for the live action remake of Space Battleship Yamato that we have on occasion dual posted in skitzophrenic harmony.
Now the first two minutes of the film have made their way on line. I don’t have the slightest idea what is happening, other than the obvious fact that there are spaceships, and that they are shooting. Most films are built upon less sturdy foundations than that, so I heartily approve. I also love the glowering commander sitting up in a cross between the Enterprise’s command chair and a medieval throne. Everyone else frantically chatters in the heat of battle, but the commander just sits there glaring at the universe, like he is thinking “Kirk? I ate him for breakfast. Adama? He’s alright, but did you know that the secret power of the wave motion cannon is my anger?”
The film was released in Japan last Wednesday, but for some reason there still is no American release date for this Japanese film that is a thinly veiled metaphor of a nationalist resurgence following an alien radioactive assault and invasion. At this point I’m not sure if this is payback against Americans for the nukes or for not only letting Michael Bay make Pearl Harbor, but for releasing it in Japan by advertising it as a love story.