I finally took time to watch the live action 20th Century Boys movies. Man, those movies really are damn long, clocking at 2 hours plus each.
So… well. How were they? Pretty good actually considering the amount of source material they had to work with. I’ve already finished reading the whole manga so I’m aware that a lot of stuff was cut out to fit in to the confines of a movie but the production team kept the intensity and the psychological mindfuck of the story well enough. In fact, I would say they did a great job condensing it, it feels more coherent in the movie than the manga.
Also the climax scenes were very well done, such as the explosion in the end of the first movie to destroy the robot and the funeral ceremony in the second movie. They weren’t kidding when wiki said that this was one of the biggest projects of the Japanese movie industry. Looking at all the extras in the crowd scenes of the second movie as well as the international news reports really makes you go “oh wow”.
On the negative side of things, character development was sacrificed, most notably in the second movie, but the important points were kept well enough for me to like it.
Overall, the first two movies are a pretty good adaptation of the manga, despite some drawbacks such as the sheer length and the missing character development. Too bad movies like this won’t be coming to Malaysia. Can’t wait for the final part of the trilogy to come out too.
P.S. Takako Tokiwa looks too ‘cool’ to be Yukiji :P.