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NYCC 09: Takashi Miike and Sho Sakurai press session

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Watching trailer, knowing almost nothing about Yatterman, I am now all about this movie. A blend of vivid colors and very serious demenor of the trailer paints a picture similar to the recently released Speed Racer movie.

Takashi Miike and lead actor Sho Sakurai have now taken the stage. Interesting question “Since Yatterman in particular has never seen a US screening, why stage the world premiere here? Do you have any concerns about how American’s will respond to it?”

“Yatterman originated over thirty years ago, and has had a recent anime adaptation, so our history is well established. We have been excited to share this seemingly new experience”

Sho in particular wants audiences to pay attention to the particularly repetitive nature of the battles. Saying such that robots are constantly fighting robots and accomplishing nothing. He sites this as being a very sad reality… Sho seems pretty intense, I want him to smile and be happy. Despite his stern, sharp, and hyper professional appearance or Sakurai, Takashi Miiki chose to suddenly reinforce his love of Sakurai in this movie, and couldn’t see anyone else in the role. Sakurai’s favorite movie is django, and exists as an inspiration for the style of his characters presentation.

Hit the jump for more interesting questions/commentary.

(Post story note: On the way out of the panel, NHK and some other Japanese tv station pulled Gia and I for a quick interview post show. Set your tivo’s for stunned!)

Apparently Sakurai stay in New York is multifaceted, as he is also researching American comic publication/form in comparison to Japanese Manga.

Ha, anecdote: Takashi Miiki states that working with Cho Sakurai has made him “cool” the eyes of his younger relatives. Apparently being Miiki isn’t enough to win over the awesome awards these days.

Good Question: Opinions on recent American live action films such as Speed Racer and Dragon Ball.

“The fact that another culture can embrace the concepts and stories we create is a great compliment, but I feel we could do them better.” – Miiki (ouch!)
“The fact that these movies are made makes me remake the nationality of our works. Characters with blonde hair and strange clothes, they could be any race or culture. This makes me rethink how works can transcend their source material” - Sakurai

 

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