"There is so much writing in English on Japanese cinema that can't be accepted at face value — not because the writers are careless, but because the differences in culture and language are just too intricate. When I see August Ragone's name on a piece of writing, it gives me permission to place my faith in it completely. Among Japanese fantasy film historians, he's the best working in English." —Tim Lucas, Video Watchdog


Thursday, May 24, 2012

SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO: 2199 (2012)
New Trailer for 2nd Chapter Opening June 30th!

出た!『宇宙戦艦ヤマト2199 第二章「太陽圏の死闘」』予告編


After much hand-wringing and anticipation, Shochiku Films uploaded the new trailer for the second — and highly anticipated — theatrical release of SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO: 2199, "Desperate Battle in the Heliosphere" (comprising Episodes 3-6), opening in a two-week limited theatrical engagement on June 30th! For long-time YAMATO and STAR BLAZERS fans, this preview is 120 seconds of unmitigated joy, with eye-popping footage and action from this truly spectacular remake of the original — and time-honored —1974 series. I dare you not to love it.

Stay tuned to this blog and the official Star Blazers website for more news and information on SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO: 2199 as they develop — and soon, we'll be off to outer space, and never want to come back!

Monday, May 7, 2012