So the new full trailer for the Japanese live action adaptation of the classic anime series Space Battleship Yamato, known to most English audiences as Star Blazers, has no English subtitles. I don’t think we really need them here though to get a feeling for what the movie, hitting theaters in Japan in December, will look like.
Visually, director Takashi Yamazaki (The Returner) is going for the big, epic look needed for the film. True, the effects might not 100% photo realistic, but this is probably been made for a fraction of what Hollywood blockbusters are cranked out for. (I believe that the recent 20th Century Boys trilogy, where all three film were produced simultaneously, remains one of the Japanese film industry’s most expensive projects at a budget of 6 billion yen or approximately $67 million dollars.) But then again Japanese cinema isn’t plagued with the bloated, budget-inflating salaries that many big names in Hollywood command.