By all that is holy I need this movie NOW. The epic cast of upcoming J-movie Terraformars has been filming since May but the movie is headed to Iceland next month for a full scale location shoot, and finally revealing to the public the crazy insane awesome cast assembled for this wild Mars ride. Terraformars, adapted from a popular shonen manga, is led by veteran leading man Hideaki Ito with a youngster cast consisting of Oguri Shun, Yamashita Tomohisa, Yamada Takayuki, Takei Emi, Kikuchi Rinko, Kato Masaya, Kosugi Kane, and many more.
I had a genuine “sorry? come again?” moment when I read the cast list. Seriously, Yamapi, Shun, and Takayuki in the same movie? Even throwing in popular wet blanket Emi doesn’t dim my raging need for this movie. Even more exciting is having Terraformers directed by critically acclaimed Japanese director Miike Takashi, who has directed so many movies I can’t even list them all if I tried but some of his most famous works include Audition, Crows Zero (reuniting with both Shun and Takayuki), 13 Assassins, and most recently in As the Gods Will. Miike Takashi directing this bunch in a crazy future space movie set on Mars armed with a hefty budget. Oh hells yeah!
Terraformars sounds like a movie Hollywood would be itching to make, with a plot that is a cross between Starship Troopers and Pitch Black. I already love it on storyboard alone. The last Japanese live-action movie to be set in the space frontier was Space Battleship Yamato starring Kimura Takuya back in in 2010 so it’s beyond high time to rocket more Japanese acting talent out to space.
Due to depleting natural resources and overpopulation, humans look to Mars as their next habitat. Terraforming is the project to change Mars’ environment to accommodate humans. For this project, cockroaches are sent to Mars and mutated to walk. In the year 2599, 15 poor Japanese are sent to Mars to take out the cockroaches. They are unaware of what they are up against.