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12 May 2011 @ 08:08 pm
Yatta! Happy GANTZ Day! It starts screening today and I found 2 articles in the bilingual daily, my paper.

However, they hold conflicting views. =(

I put my rusty translation skills to work, so if you encounter any mistranslation, please leave me a comment as I did them in a hurry!

short review in English

Chinese article (my thoughts: somehow I have a feeling the reviewer was even reluctant to review GANTZ...)


Director: Sato Shinsuke
Starring: Ninomiya Kazunari, Matsuyama Kenichi, Yoshitaka Yuriko

Kurono Kei and Kato Masaru both survived after a head-on collision with a subway train. Thereafter, they were teleported into a secret room and met others who had suffered similar fates. In this room, there exists a huge black sphere-like structure called GANTZ. It issues orders to them to carry out killing missions, so as to continue living by accumulating sufficient points in order to be reborn.

The film uses a science fiction technique to create an alternate purgatory, by juxtaposing life vs death, evil vs moral issues, thus producing supernatural scenes. (Translator's note: I don't know how else to translate this.)

Although the script follows quite closely to the original manga, the movie's pace is too slow, and the scenes do not make sense. (<_<) Though the viewer may better understand the game after each weird mission, they feel very repetitive. Furthermore, the movie revolves around the alternative world, reality and the room - the transitions do not appear seamless enough, which made them lag.

On the acting front, the two male leads are considered sufficient. The actor who obviously carries the film is Ninomiya Kazunari's (YAY!) character Kurono Kei. As for the others who are "dead", their characters and motives are only superficially touched on, leaving viewers unable to empathize with them.

- my paper, 12 May 2011.

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