The much-hyped Ghost in the Shell had a disastrous opening weekend last week. This is surprising, considering it stars worldwide superstar Scarlett Johansson, and is based on a popular anime. What’s the real reason that the film made only $19 million on it’s first weekend? Paramount feels that the whitewashing controversy was responsible for the bad box office.
Dragon Ball Super is the latest installment of the popular Dragon Ball saga, which has been a hit in both its manga and anime form. The standout character of DB Super has been the show's villain-turned-anti-hero-turned-good guy, Vegeta. Not only is he the best character in this current incarnation of the series, it could be argued that the Prince of Saiyans has been the best character since he first debuted.
Hollywood loves to adapt old films and TV shows into new, rebooted versions. Occasionally, they look to Japanese anime for inspiration, such as with Astro Boy, Dragon Ball, Speed Racer, and the upcoming Ghost in the Shell. There are many anime projects that would make for excellent movies, if they were done right. Here are seven works of anime that have the potential to be big hits as live-action Hollywood films.
Most people like to see resolution in films but not every filmmaker gives us that. Sometimes, they just leave us wondering. While there are times this can be just a symptom of bad writing or editing, it can also be an excellent way to get people to leave the theater thinking. In the hands of a clever and talented filmmaker, this technique can make a good film even more interesting. Here are seven good movies that don’t give us the answers we expect.
Okay, we’re cheating this week. This isn’t a Hollywood film; it’s from Japan. So why are we breaking the rules? Because we can! (These are OUR rules.) This week, Cinelinx looks at Gamera: Guardian of the Universe.
George Lucas has often cited the classic Japanese Samurai film The Hidden Fortress as the main inspiration for his sci-fi epic Star Wars. With Star Wars: The Force Awakens opening this week, Cinelinx looks at the movie that inspired Lucas to make one of the greatest sci-fi films of all time.
It was recently announced that the long hoped-for remake of the 1962 Kaiju classic King Kong v. Godzilla is in the works. But how could such a film work today, considering subsequent changes in the characters and the jaded skepticism of modern audiences? Let’s take a look and see how this clash of Kaijus could work today. Keep in mind this is all just guess work and speculation.
An exciting new game from Japan is coming to the U.S.! Pokken is on its way Spring 2016! Watch the trailer and be excited!
The live action adaptation of the popular Japanese anime film Ghost in the Shell may have its star. Lovely Margot Robbie could be taking on the role of the cybernetic heroine.
It was 20 years ago this month that the popular Disney film The Lion King was released. The film is well loved, especially by children. But it’s been accompanied by controversy ever since its release, due to charges that it stole much of its content and look from the Japanese anime/manga series Kimba the White Lion.