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.
Ah, that stupid 8ball.
Two leading actors from Japan, Kazunari Ninomiya and Kenichi Matsuyama, star as the two protagonists of the film. In twist of irony, this Japanese film is premiering in the U.S. before it does in Japan. There will be a live Q&A session after the screening. With the original source receiving many positive reviews, expect hype all around. For those people who wish to get their asses to this badass live-action premiere, the three NYC cinemas which will be screening the film tonight at 8:00PM EST are located:
- AMC Empire 25 @ 234 W 42nd Street
- Regal Union Square Stadium 14 @ 850 Broadway
- Clearview First and 62nd @ 400 E 62nd Street
Tickets are 10 bucks each. Get them at NCM Fathom, go nuts, get there, and always remember to take it easy.