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Anime related Live action movies
Topic by: Ayato
Posted: January 2, 2004 - 11:31 AM PST
Last Reply: April 7, 2005 - 4:19 PM PDT

author topic: Anime related Live action movies
post #1  on January 2, 2004 - 11:31 AM PST  
Here are some anime related live action movies ive been wanting to see.

Perfect Blue
Boogiepop and Others

Has anyone seen these? I would like to know if they are any good...
post #2  on January 2, 2004 - 2:51 PM PST  
There is an actual live action "Prefect Blue"? Eek, my first reaction, as always, is WHY? The charm of Prefect Blue is that is made as an anime. Any links to any sources? "Prefect Blue" is hard to google.

But I must confused, I have enjoyed watching some of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon (boardcasting in Tokyo even as I type). And I am hoping, just hoping the live action Neon Genesis Evanglion and Bubblegum Crisis 2041 movies that ADV is trying to produce works out. As I last heard, both were in the financing and script writing stages and not yet ready for casting.
post #3  on January 2, 2004 - 4:16 PM PST  
> On January 2, 2004 - 2:51 PM PST larbeck wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> "Prefect Blue" is hard to google.

Well yeah,try "perfect blue" ^_^

Its not supposed to be all that great, but I want to see it anyways. It should be a good rent at least.
post #4  on January 3, 2004 - 7:57 AM PST  
Thanks, Ayato. I might put it in my queue after I finish seeing all of the anime from Japan.
post #5  on January 4, 2004 - 11:32 AM PST  
Aw...It can't be that bad ^_~
post #6  on February 2, 2004 - 1:19 PM PST  
> On January 2, 2004 - 11:31 AM PST Ayato wrote:
> Boogiepop and Others
> Has anyone seen these? I would like to know if they are any good...

If it's the GTO Movie I saw, it's not worth it and I'll point you to the ~13 episode TV series (a "J dorama") preceding it. These episodes which shared a bulk of the plot and feel of the anime series. The movie that I saw took place after that and ad more of a "adventures in another school" type of storyline.. and a bad one at that from my perspective...
post #7  on March 8, 2004 - 9:30 PM PST  
I have seen BOTH VERSIONS of Perfect Blue, the stories are almost entirely different. The LIVE ACTION version is closer to the novel which is the basis for the anime movie. While the ANIME version focuses on our main character being stalked and her associates murdered by someone who occassionally looks just like her the LIVE ACTION version is about the stalker (played by the guy who played Ichi in "Ichi the Killer") transforming into this main character's doppelganger. The LIVE ACTION version seems so much more psychological than the ANIME version. While you could say that in the ANIME version what happens to this main character and the people she knows happens because she's willing to compromise herself for the sake of her success the LIVE ACTION version is about the exact opposite. This double of her exists instead because she was willing to sacrifice someone else for the sake of her own success. The two versions are so entirely different that the live action remake doesn't become a remake at all but and entirely different re-imagining. While both are thinking films the ANIME version is scary (even disturbing) while the LIVE ACTION version is aiming for a much less believeable premise but still retains that creepy what comes around comes around undertone which was lesser established in the ANIME version (since we can never really blame the main character for what happens to the people she knows because she's at times weak-willed).
post #8  on March 8, 2004 - 9:33 PM PST  
If you can't find "Perfect Blue" at ebay then you should be able to find it at By the way, the LIVE ACTION version isn't as good as the ANIME version.
post #9  on March 11, 2004 - 2:58 PM PST  
> Boogiepop and Others

OK.. I caught this one a couple of nights ago and to me, it would only be good for fans of the anime series if at all to anyone. It answers some questions I suppose but overall, I found it quite lacking. The anime was so much better in presentation, "script", etc.. etc.. Boogiepop and Others tries to maintain the non-linear presentation, and change of perspective, etc. but it's missing entirely the feel of the anime which was part reality, part memory, part fantasy all blended together wonderfully.

Oh.. and a BIG minus.. The Boogiepop costume they came up with should be burnt.. the ashes gathered.. loaded onto something space-bound and sent into the sun for good measure... I've seen cosplay outfits that were 1000000 times better than that.. Combining this with the fact that the actress for Toka Miyashita was a really tiny girl, Boogiepop looked more like a cheap chibi-toy to hang on a car rear view mirror than a foreboding presence signifying Death...

Ahh.. I feel so much better after letting all of that out.. thanks ayato!
post #10  on March 16, 2004 - 8:40 AM PST  
Not based on Anime, but on Manga: I just saw "Sharkskin Man and Peach Hip Girl" which is apparently based on a manga (which i haven't found) and it is a great live action film. Japanese film is the coolest!
post #11  on March 18, 2004 - 11:40 AM PST  
still looking forward to DevilMan and still curious about Cutey Honey.

I'm 212 percent sure Cutey Honey will suck. But I retain some hope for DevilMan.
post #12  on March 19, 2004 - 8:52 PM PST  
I believe that the script for Prefect Blue(the anime) was orignally going to made as a live action film, but then the decision was made to do it animated. And yes, I've seen dozens of copies of the live action film on eBay.

I recieved Sharkskin Man today and I'm looking forward to it. I also purchased Avalon from, which technically fits this catagory since it was directed by the same guy as Ghost in the Shell. But I'd say don't get the Region 1 disc. I bought the Region 0 disc with the orignal Polish soundtrack and none of the Miramax screw-ups.

Also has anyone ever seen the live action Hong Kong Dragon Ball movie? I've heard it's awful, which it must be.
post #13  on March 20, 2004 - 8:00 AM PST  
And come to think of it I rented the live action City Hunter starring Jackie Chan. I've never seen the City Hunter anime but this movie is just goofy. They try real hard to make it like a live-action cartoon, and not in the Mask/Roger Rabbit sort of way they can do now. It's like they try to make the anime faces that humans just can't make in reality and people go around using giant mallets and stuff.

There were two good scenes though. Jackie is fighting in a movie theater as Game of Death plays and he starts copying Bruce Lee's moves right off the screen. Then toward the end of the movie he gets electrocuted by a Street Fighter II machine and starts transforming into all the characters. But other people start transforming too which doesn't make much sense.
post #14  on March 20, 2004 - 10:44 AM PST  
> On January 4, 2004 - 11:32 AM PST Ayato wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Aw...It can't be that bad ^_~
> ---------------------------------

Maybe now. It is just there is a LOT of anime I have HAVE to seen.

Now, a live action version of "Tokyo Godfathers" would be cool. It was the first anime I ever saw that makes me what to ask, "Why was this made animated"? Seriously - that film would probably be cheaper to make and work better as a live action film. WWIIIIEEEEERRRRDDDD, dooooode. But, then I have even STARTED on the subtitled uncut CardCaptor Sakura yet.
post #15  on May 14, 2004 - 6:48 PM PDT  
Since no one has mentioned it yet, I thought I'd pass along this little bit of info:

(This one has more potential than most IF done right - this is one that actually requires CGI work in the live action to preserve the feel..)

From the Anime News Network:
posted on 2004-04-24 21:55:57
source: Jagged*Team
Monkey Peaches is reporting that Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou will play Takumi, Anthony Wong will be his father, and Edison Chen will be Takumi's rival in the upcoming live-action Initial D film. A Japanese actress is also expected to play the lead female role.
post #16  on April 7, 2005 - 12:15 PM PDT  
I've read that Satoshi Kon planned "Perfect Blue" to be live action, but couldn't get the budget he wanted. They did it animated because it's actually cheaper to do anime than live action. Makes sense if you think about it. That's part of what I like about his films, they feel like live action, they only happen to be animated. I'm trying to get a friend who's into asian flims but resistant to anime to watch them for that very reason.

I've seen the Cutie Honey movie and enjoyed it. I don't understand why people think it sucks. She doesn't lose her clothes as much as in the anime, but the action is fun and cartoonish. I hear the Devilman movie is very, very bad, but I haven't seen it.

Anyway, there are a number of anime/manga derived films that I didn't see mentioned here:

Casshern - CG sets like in Sky Captain, very cool, based on old anime
You're Under Arrest! - live action japanese TV series you can find if you look
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon - ditto
8-Man After - remember the 8-Man anime? Live action robo-cop
Wicked City - crazy HK remake of classic horror anime - very cool
Angel of Darkness and La Blue Girl - live action tentacle hentai
Weather Woman - very funny, based on anime, or other way around?
Kekko Kamen - live action based on Go Nagai manga/anime
Guyver and Fist Of The North Star - sucky US remakes of manga/anime series
The Story Of Ricky - live action HK adaptation of manga Riki-Oh
Dragon From Russia and (another film but I can't remember the title!) - both HK attempts at Crying Freeman manga/anime. There is also a french version of Crying Freeman by the guy that did Brotherhood Of The Wolf
Lone Wolf And Cub films - based on manga series
Alive and Sky High - based on mangas
Ichi The Killer - based on a manga
The Storm Riders - based on a HK manga

and I'm sure many more...
post #17  on April 7, 2005 - 4:19 PM PDT  
> On March 18, 2004 - 11:40 AM PST sinisterguffaw wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> still looking forward to DevilMan and still curious about Cutey Honey.
> I'm 212 percent sure Cutey Honey will suck. But I retain some hope for DevilMan.
> ---------------------------------

Guffy, I've never met anyone as sure and confident as you. I can only dream to be a quarter of a half of what you think you are. ^ - ^

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