Out in theaters in May is another Oguri Shun movie called Uchu Kyodai or Space Brothers. Seems like I’ve been writing about Oguri Shun a lot lately, with Arakawa Under the Bridge, which hit theaters last weekend, and The Woodsman and the Rain, hitting theaters this weekend. But what can I say? He sure does seem to pick his projects well.
The plot begins with two young brothers making a promise. They will both one day become astronauts together. But come 2025, only one has fulfilled his end of the deal: the younger brother Hibito (Okada Masaki). The older brother Mutta (Oguri) is a failure, recently fired from his company. Things suddenly begin to change however, when Hibito gives Mutta a call with an offer to resume the pursuit of their dreams.
Uchu Kyodai is an adaptation of a tremendously popular manga by the same name. Over 5 million copies of the manga have been sold and it’s the first to ever simultaneously receive the Kodansha Manga Award and Shogakukan Manga Award.
Over ten companies competed for rights to the screen adaptation. Toho, Japan’s biggest studio won and they’re not holding back any punches to make this into a giant, successful blockbuster.
First, we have the cast. Of course, in the lead are established A-list actor, Oguri, and up-and-coming pretty-boy idol from Hana Kimi, Okada. In a supporting role is Tsutsumi Shin’ichi, another of my favorite Japanese actors most recently the lead in Always Sunset on Third Street. Some other names you may recognize include: Aso Kumiko (Moteki), Hamada Gaku (Robo-G), and Shiomi Sansei (Crows Zero).
Second, the special effects are impeccable (from what we see so far), which is not something you can usually say about Japanese films.
And thirdly, they’ve gotten Coldplay’s “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” for their theme song.
If you’re the type of person to be caught watching films at your local art house cinema, you likely won’t be catching Uchu anytime soon. But, if you’re a fan of Japanese blockbusters, you might want to check this out towards the end of the year when the DVD pops up at your favorite t*rrent site.
Uchu Kyodai hits theaters in Japan on May 5th. Unfortunately, I wouldn’t count on a legal distribution of this film on our side of the pond. Leave us a comment about what you think of the trailer and more below. Or follow us on twitter or like us on facebook.