Live action adaptations of the manga Gantz by Hiroya Oku will be shown at the Pacific Gaslamp 15 Theatres in San Diego, California on July 22-23. The first film Gantz is rated R and will be shown at 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM while the unrated sequel Gantz: Perfect Answer will run at the same times the next day. Both films will be shown in Japanese with English subtitles.
Source: [Anime News Network]
Japanese live-action film GANTZ begins its international theatrical run tonight with a world premiere that kicks off in 325 theaters in the United States. Three of those theaters happen to be in our hometown, New York City! As you've probably guessed from the title, the film is based on the sci-fi action anime and manga GANTZ.
For those who are not familiar with this series, the two protagonists Kei Kurono and Masaru Kato save a drunkard from getting squashed by an on-coming train. However, they get killed in the process instead. That's where things get interesting. Instead of them dying when they are killed, they prove Shirou wrong and respawn in the "afterlife" in an apartment with a black ball called GANTZ. The ball opens up to inform them that their "lives" now belong to it and that they are to go kick some alien asses (by killing those pesky extraterrestrials). If they kill enough aliens fast enough, then they are allowed to live regularly until it's time to kill more aliens or reach 100 points, at which time they're freed from this game.