Live-Action Gatchaman Trailers Unveil Bump of Chicken Band's Song
posted on by Egan Loo
The official website for the live-action Gatchaman film began streaming the full trailer and second teaser trailer on Friday. The website also announced that the rock band BUMP OF CHICKEN (Tales of the Abyss, One Piece: Dead End no Bōken) is contributing the theme song "Niji o motsu Hito" (Those Who Possess the Rainbow), and the new trailers preview the song.
Tori Matsuzaka (.hack//The Movie , live-action Kyō, Koi o Hajimemasu, Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, Kamen Rider Decade) stars as Ken, the head of the eponymous team. Gō Ayano (second-in-command Jō), Ayame Gōriki (explosive yoyo-wielding Jun), Tatsuomi Hamada (youngest member Jinpei), and Ryōhei Suzuki (main pilot Ryū) round out the cast.
The five serve as agents of the International Science Organization in Tokyo at the beginning of the 21st century. Galactor, a mysterious group whose technology far surpasses that of humans, has declared war on the entire world and has already subjugated half of it. A mysterious crystal-like object called a "stone," is humanity's only hope. Those who are able to draw out the power of the "stones" are forced to train as Earth's ultimate weapon, a five-person team called "Gatchaman."
Director Tōya Satō (live-action Grave of the Fireflies, Sexy Voice and Robo, Kaiji, Gokusen) started shooting the film last October. He explained that BUMP OF CHICKEN's music combines despair and hope, and reflects the story of youth depicted in the film. He added that he did not consider anyone else but BUMP OF CHICKEN for the theme song. The theme will play during the ending credits.
Yūsuke Watanabe (20th Century Boys , Gantz , Bloody Monday, 2013 Dragon Ball Z film) wrote the script, and Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed films) is designing the characters. Takashi Yamazaki (Juvenile, Returner, Always: Sunset on Third Street , Ballad, Space Battleship Yamato , Friends: Mononoke Shima no Naki ) is handling the visual effects.
The first teaser trailer debuted in April:
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