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Space Battleship Yamato ("Supesu Batorushippu Yamato")

Quebec Premiere
  • Japan
  • 2010
  • 131 mins
  • 35mm
  • Japanese
  • English (subtitles)

“The action is orchestrated with a classical poise that recalls the poetic aesthetics of the early STAR WARS trilogy and 2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY” – Maggie Lee, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

It has been a mere five years since the alien force Gamilas appeared around the planet Mars, and in those five years, the once blue and verdant planet Earth has been scorched to a radioactive wasteland. Its surface uninhabitable, Earth’s population now dwells underground. The survivors devote their little remaining faith and resources towards a fleet of interplanetary warships, but they are no match for Gamilas. Only one ship, with the steadfast Captain Okita at the helm, escapes the devastating clash. Back on Earth, as despair spreads, a crash-landed spacecraft from a possible second alien race brings a final, thin thread of hope to humankind — schematics for a warp-drive engine and directions to the far-flung world of Iskandar. The dangerous journey can only be entrusted to Captain Okita, to renegade space-fighter pilot Kodai, and the brave and dedicated crew of Yamato, the last and greatest of Earth’s space battleships!

A true icon of Japanese pop fantasy, Space Battleship Yamato — inspired by the most powerful vessel in the Japanese Navy of WWII — first set sail across the starways in 1974, with the debut of a major new television anime series, one which established the talent of writer and art director Leiji Matsumoto. He went on to create such memorable works as the CAPTAIN HARLOCK series and the Daft Punk collaboration INTERSTELLA 5555, but it was SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO (released in North America as STAR BLAZERS) that many remember most fondly. The show’s titanic titular warship and its intrepid crew have resurfaced many times through the years in animated films, but it is only now that a live-action version of the Yamato tale explodes from the screen, directed by visual-effects wizard Takashi Yamazaki (ALWAYS – SUNSET ON THIRD STREET). An archetypal space opera echoed by countless lesser imitators, the grand saga of Earth’s most formidable battleship lives again!

— Rupert Bottenberg