Funimation Adds Live-Action Space Battleship Yamato Film

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Takashi Yamazaki's 2010 film starring Takuya Kimura gets N. American release in 2014

Funimation Entertainment announced Tuesday that it has licensed the 2010 live-action Space Battleship Yamato film. The company noted that it will ship the film on home video in 2014.

SMAP band member Takuya Kimura (Howl's Moving Castle's Howl) headlines this film based on the anime classic, which was adapted as Star Blazers in English. The other cast members include Meisa Kuroki (Vexille - 2077 Isolation of Japan's Vexille, Crows Zero's Luca), Toshiro Yanagiba, and Tsutomu Yamazaki. Takashi Yamazaki helmed Returner, Always: Sunset on Third Street, and last year's Ballad, before directing Yamato. Aerosmith vocalist Steven Tyler wrote and sang the film's theme song, "Love Lives."

The film earned 943 million yen (about US$11.4 million) in its first five days at the Japanese box office in December 2010. It then became the top-selling domestic live-action film on Blu-ray Disc in Japan in 2012.

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