Huzzah: Hurricane Polymar changes into a live-action movie


Could it make up for the Gatchaman film?

Well, people: It looks like the 1974 Tatsunoko anime, Hurricane Polymar, is getting the live-action movie treatment. While this news might make many fans of the original series concerned, there's a chance that it could make up for the live-action Gatchaman film, a movie that I heard wasn't that great.

The beacon of hope for this upcoming film is that Koichi Sakamoto (Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger Director, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers' Action Choreographer) is directing it. Since the original Polymar anime had the superhero detective use a suit that lets him change into different vehicles (such as a jet and a drill machine), this theme is the perfect element for the guy to create some spectacular actions scenes that'll get everyone pumped up-- assuming that the hero's powers are left intact in this movie.

Considering that many of Tatsunoko's titles are basically tokusatsu shows in anime form, I'm certain that this project will suit Sakamoto's style well. That, and his experience with Kamen Rider W will complement Polymar's detective and martial arts elements.

Speaking of tokusatsu-related stuff, Yuki Yamada (Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger's Joe/Gokai Blue, GTO 2012's Koji) will play the role of Joe Kuruma, Takeshi Yoroi/Hurricane Polymar's assistant. While he's only going to be a secondary character, it's nice to see someone from one of my favorite Sentai shows in this project.

The rest of the casts includes Junpei Mizobata as Yoroi/Polymar, Mikie Hara (Cutie Honey: The Live's Honey, Kamen Rider Fourze the Movie's Inga Blink) as Yamada Hideki, and Yurina Yanagi (Ju-On: The Final Curse's Ao, Uwakoi movie series' Yuno) as Teru Nanba.

Shinsuke Onishi (New Getter Robo's Series Structure, Innocent Venus' Series Composition) will handle the movie's script. Seeing that he was also involved with Tomica Rescue Hero Force and Daimajin Kanon, his tokusatsu background could complement Sakamoto's direction.

While my exposure to Hurricane Polymar was through Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, I'm still stoked about seeing how the live-action movie will turn out. From the looks of it, the staff behind the hero's suit design took a similar approach to the costumes from the live-action Gatchaman movie, which succeeds in doing justice to the source material, along with bringing us a modernized take on the character.

The live-action Hurricane Polymar film hits Japan in May 2017, so we have a good way to go before its premiere. In the meantime, I'll wait patiently for the film's first trailer.

[via The Tokusatsu Network]

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