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Gantz Films Shown During Comic-Con Int'l in San Diego

posted on by Andrew Osmond
Live-action Gantz on July 22; Gantz: Perfect Answer on July 23

The film distributor New People will screen the two-part live-action film adaptation of Hiroya Oku's violent afterlife manga Gantz at the Pacific Gaslamp 15 Theatres in San Diego on July 22-23. This coincides with the nearby Comic-Con International, which runs from July 21 to July 24. Both films will be in Japanese with subtitles.

The first rated-R Gantz film will run on July 22 at 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. The unrated sequel, Gantz: Perfect Answer, will run at the same times on July 23.

Directed by Shinsuke Satō, the Gantz films are the latest adaptation of Oku's manga, which was made into an anime series by the studio Gonzo in 2004. The manga itself is still running, having passed its 10th anniversary last December. The story begins when two students are hit by a subway train while trying to save a homeless drunk who had fallen on the tracks. The pair find themselves in a mysterious apartment with other people who have died. A giant black sphere called "Gantz" sends them out to kill monsters and aliens on the Tokyo streets.

The character of Masaru Kato is played by Ken'ichi Matsuyama, who played the detective L in the live-action film versions of Death Note.

Thanks to Harry Johnson for the news tip.


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