As Oku Hiroya's hit comic series Gantz
continues into its 11th year, screenwriter Watanabe Yusuke (Bloody Monday
, 20th Century Boys
) and director Sato Shinsuke (Sands' Chronicle
) now bring the sci-fi mystery to life with its big-budget film version. Arashi's Ninomiya Kazunari and Matsuyama Kenichi (Death Note
) star as two childhood friends who die together and end up becoming warriors that fight aliens under the order of a giant, black orb.
Shot as a two-part film, the first part sets up the Gantz puzzle with explosive violence, amazingly rendered special effects, and plenty of burning questions for audiences to ponder before the story reaches its exciting conclusion in Perfect Answer. While a large part of part two is altered from the original comic for the film, part one remains mostly faithful to the source material, featuring classic battles with alien creatures like the onion-head alien and the giant Buddha statue that will leave the audience breathless.
One day, Kurono Kei (Ninomiya Kazunari) reunites with childhood friend Kato Masaru (Matsuyama Kenichi) in a subway station when they both help save a man on the tracks. After the two get killed in the process, they find themselves waking up in an empty room with a black orb in the center. Soon, they figure out that the orb sends them on missions to fight strange alien creatures, and each mission can help players earn points that go towards redeeming their own life back. While the two attempt to figure out the rules of the game, Kuruno falls for fellow player Kishimoto Kei (Natsuna), who is actually in love with Kato instead.
This edition comes with France-Japan Expo promotion footage, making-of, and trailers.