Today’s Saturday Night Double Feature has been taken over by It Came From Asian Cinema as I take a quick look at a two part Japanese film series based on a popular Japanese manga and an anime series called Gantz!
Gantz is a Japanese manga and anime -based live-action film about an alien entity that snatches people away at the moment of their death and makes them fight invading aliens who have come to earth. Each victory scores the winner points and after 100 points you have the option to have your memory erased and your life returned to you, or, have one deceased person resurrected from your memory. Gantz follows two young friends, Kurono (Kazunari Ninomiya) and Kato (Ken’ichi Matsuyama) who are thrown into this bizarre but deadly game and takes them from confused and scared to hardened alien fighters. While this Japanese sci-fier is very well made and entertaining, what sets it apart from other films of it’s type is it forgoes the light tone most of its kind have and goes The Dark Knight route delving into the emotional turmoil one might have in such a situation and the darker aspects of the deadly conflicts the characters are put in. Characters die and surviving characters must deal with the losses like in any war film. And the film is all the more richer for it, as director Shinsuke Sato blends the serious tone with the action very well much like Christopher Nolan has in his Batman films. No, Gantz is not on a level with Dark Knight but, it is a really good flick that entertains us and intrigues us without insulting our intelligence. Gantz also features some top notch effects as icing on a very well made cake.
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GANTZ: PERFECT ANSWER (2011)
Sequel to Gantz, which was based on a manga about an alien entity that snatches people away at the moment of their death and makes them fight invading aliens who have come to earth, picks up 5 months after the last one left off but, leaves some of the fun behind. Part two’s tone is a lot more somber as sinister aliens plot to gain access to Gantz and destroy it and even sets members of the Gantz team against each other with loved ones and innocents getting caught in the way. There is still plenty of action and cool FX but, also some slow parts too and the movie never quite grabs you like part one. But, there are some strong scenes, as well as, a very solid final act that wraps up the story with a satisfying and yet haunting conclusion so, it overall provides a satisfying finale to this two part series. Again directed by Shinsuke Sato and starring Kazunari Ninomiya as Kurono and Ken’ichi Matsuyama as Kato.
Both films are available in the US with subtitles.
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