SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO Finally Hits North American Theaters in October 2013
SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO (宇宙戦艦ヤマト, Supeesu Batorushippu Yamato, 2010), the live-action film adaptation of the legendary sci-fi anime series of the same name, will be released in limited theaters beginning Friday, October 19, 2013 in North America, distributed by ELEVEN ARTS. Beginning in Los Angeles, the film will then screen in Honolulu, San Francisco, and Canada. The film will be widely available at more than 20 Cineplex theaters in Canada on November 11, 2013.
Directed by Takashi Yamazaki, and featuring the most influential star in Asia, Takuya Kimura cast as the lead role, with the supporting heroine of the film being played by Meisa Kuroki. The film, originally released in Japan, earned over $40 million from Japanese box. North American fans of the series will finally get to experience a journey of SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO in theaters.
Show date and locations:
Los Angeles, CA
Downtown Independent, October 19-27, 2013
Ward Stadium 16, October 25-31, 2013
San Francisco, CA
4 Star Theatre, October 26, 2013
Cineplex, November 11, 2013
The live-action film, SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO, is based on the Japanese sci-fi anime series of the same name. The series was originally broadcast in Japan in 1974. In North America, an English dubbed version of the series, known as STAR BLAZERS, aired in the United States in 1979.
The story is set in the year 2199. The Gamilas, a mysterious alien enemy, has been decimating the Earth to unlivable and irradiated conditions for the past 5 years. Humankind now lives underground to escape the radiation, but with only a year until extinction. One day while roaming the surface of Earth, former pilot Susumu Kodai (Takuya Kimura) comes across a capsule sent from the planet Iskandar that reveals there is technology that has the power to eradicate the radiation from Earth. A chosen crew of Space battleship Yamato takes off on the long trip to Iskandar with hopes to save the Earth.
About ELEVEN ARTS, INC.
ELEVEN ARTS is the Los Angeles based film distribution company that has brought many acclaimed Japanese films, live-action and animation, to North American audiences. ELEVEN ARTS’s major live-action titles include Japan Academy Awards winner MEMORIES OF TOMORROW (starring Ken Watanabe) and Oscar nominated director (with THE TWILIGHT SAMURAI in 2004) Yoji Yamada’s samurai film LOVE AND HONOR. ELEVEN ARTS is also a respected distributor of popular animation titles such as the EVANGELION franchise, FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: THE SACRED STAR OF MILOS, and PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA THE MOVIE PART 1: BEGINNINGS/ PART 2: ETERNAL.
For more information on the SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO live action film please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan:
- SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO: Triumph and Tragedy
- SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO on Australian DVD and Blu-ray
- Win Tickets to SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO, CURE or ZOMBIE ASS at Japan Cuts!
- J-POP Summit Festival Announces Japan Film Festival of San Francisco
And be sure to check out SFJ’s look back at the SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO anime:
- The Miyagawa Legacy
- SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO, Part 1: The Anime Classic That Nearly Wasn’t
- SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO, Part 2: From Valley to Peak
- SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO, Part 3: ARRIVEDERCI YAMATO Goodbye Dark Ages, Hello Global Village
- SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO, Part 4: We’re Off to Outer Space
- SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO, Part 5: THE NEW VOYAGES Plural
- SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO, Part 6: BE FOREVER YAMATO…and the Kitchen Sink
- SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO, Part 7: SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO III: The Ground Shifts
- SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO, Part 8: FINAL YAMATO: The Legacy Begins
- SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO, Part 9: Dessler’s War and More: SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO IN THE 80s
- SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO, Part 10: The Rollercoaster: SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO in the 90s
- SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO, Part 11: The Leiji Matsumoto Renaissance, SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO in the 21st Century
- YAMATO REBIRTH: An Eyewitness Account of the New Beginning
- SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO: RESURRECTION