As we get the first promo for the live-action film adaptation of the classic sci-fi anime “Science Ninja Team Gatchaman”, it has been revealed that the "G-Suits" alone costs a total of 20 million yen (about US$200,000)!
According to Nikkatsu, the new suits give the movie a more realistic, "edgier" feel compared with the anime. As you can see in the photos of the five members, this shows how advanced their technology (the film's) is. Apparently, it took over a year to make the "G suits", and to make it be able to withstand action scenes.
Regarding the suits, lead actor Tori Matsuzaka (Samurai Sentai Shinkenger), who plays as the team leader and tactical expert Ken Washio, commented, “the suits were form-fitting for the five of us to move easily for intense action, and allowed us to fly about the shoot freely.”
Set in the near future, Gatchaman follows the story five special agents of the International Science Organization in Tokyo, as they try to protect the world from the mysterious terrorist group who call themselves Galactor. With technology far surpasses that of humans, Galactor has declared war on the entire world and has already subjugated half of it. Trained to draw out the power from the mysterious crystal-like object called a "stone," our five heroes will be called "Gatchaman."
Gatchaman also stars Go Ayano (Kamen Rider 555, Rurouni Kenshin) as second-in-command marksman and weapons expert George Asakura; Ayame Goriki (Mirai Nikki, IS) as the electronics and demolitions expert Jun Ohtsuki; Tatsuomi Hamada (Ultraman Zero, Gokaiger vs Gavan) as the youngest and reconnaissance expert Jinpei Ohtsuki; and, Ryōhei Suzuki (Hana Kimi) as the ship's pilot Ryū Nakanishi.
Other cast includes Goro Kishitani as Dr. Nambu Kozaburo, Ken Mitsuishi as Dr. Kirkland, Eriko Hatsune as Naomi, an original character, and Shido Nakamura as mysterious invader named Iriya.
Directed by Toya Sato (Kaiji, Gokusen), with screenplay by Yūsuke Watanabe (20th Century Boys, Gantz, Bloody Monday, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods), Gatchaman premieres August 24th.
Source: Cinema Today via tokyohive, Anime News Network
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